Experimental Philosophy and the Underrepresentation of Women

In W. Buckwalter & J. Sytsma (eds.), A Companion to Experimental Philosophy. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 590-602 (2016)
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This paper summarizes recent and ongoing experimental work regarding the reality, nature, effects, and causes of the underrepresentation of women in academic philosophy. We first present empirical data on several aspects of underrepresentation, and then consider various reasons why this gender imbalance is problematic. We then turn to the published and preliminary results of empirical work aimed at identifying factors that might explain it.

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