In TPM Issue 93, we asked philosophers to weigh in on the notion of diversity in philosophy. What’s the current state of play?  What’s changed and what should change?  What particular, personal questions arise for people as they find their way into the discipline. But most of all, we asked our contributors to think where possible about how philosophy might be diversified – what can we actually do, right now, to move ourselves and our study in the right direction?

We begin with Helen Beebee, who along with Jennifer Saul, wrote a report ten years ago on the representation of women in philosophy in the United Kingdom.  It got a lot of attention since and led to the BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme. (There’s more at The recommendations in that are now followed by 28 UK philosophy departments and 13 learned societies.

Ian James Kidd argues that if we are going to diversify the undergraduate curriculum, we ought to do it well, and that means, in part, keeping an eye on and avoiding certain habits of thought that can arise in students. He calls them neophilia and xenophilia.

Shen-yi Liao wonders what a Taiwanese philosopher is.  Is it a Taiwanese person who teaches philosophy?  The clutch of questions in this neighbourhood can lead to some puzzles, but we can make some headway by thinking about concepts.  Do we make concepts as we want them to be?

What’s the actual state of diversity in the discipline?  Eric Schwitzgebel, Liam Kofi Bright, Carolyn Dicey Jennings, Morgan Thompson and Eric Winsberg take a close look at the data.  If you want to know what’s going on now, and where the recent trends have headed, read on.

Simon Fokt, a driving force behind the Diversity Reading List, argues that nothing is more philosophical than diversity itself.  More than thirty volunteers and over one hundred contributors have co-created the DRL. If you want to expand your horizons, or your reading list, visit

Up next, Rochelle DuFord asks, what practices make for an inclusive philosophy classroom?  As usual, a bit of money would help, but even without it, there are steps that can be taken.  Have a look at for more.

And finally, Zahra Thani thinks about her own experiences as a philosophy student and argues that all philosophy should be taught with an eye on why we think this or that counts as philosophy.


The Diversity of Philosophy Students and Faculty in the United States

Reloading the Canon

Diverse Philosophies: (What) Are They? (What) Do We Want Them To Be?

Diversify Thought: Teach Intersectionality

Women in Philosophy: What's Changed?

There is Nothing More Philosophical Than Diversity

What Practices Make for an Inclusive Philosophy Classroom?

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Issue 96 Contents

5 - Editorial Jeremy Stangroom

6 - Living the Life of the Mind Charlotte Knowles
9 - Eye of the Storm Russell Blackford
14 - A Question of... Discrimination Steven Campbell-Harris
17 - Quirkalities Nemo Outis
20 - The Skeptic Wendy M Grossman

22 - Introduction
24 - Philosophy and Common Sense 2: Cultivating Curiosity Sebastian Sunday-Grève and Timothy Williamson
31 - Biological Sex, Gender Criticism and Feminist Criminology Jo Phoenix
41 - The Right to Be Alone Nicholas Whittaker
47 - Are Smarter Voters Better Voters? Michael Hannon
54 - The Robot Apocalypse Is Already Here Gabriele Contessa
59 - The Philosopher-Historian Rebel Emily Thomas

Forum: Inequality, Exclusion and Ethics
66 - Introduction
68 - The Three Waves of Pandemic Ethics Jonathan Wolff
74 - Just End Poverty Now Thomas R. Wells
83 - What is Effective Altruism? Arden Koehler
88 - Moral Lessons from COVID Sandra Laugier
95 - Poverty, Inequality and Capability Deprivation Kerrie Grain

102 - Introduction
104 - The Agony of Ukraine Jean Kazez
107 - The Women Are Up to Something Cheryl Misak
112 - The Case for Rage: Why Anger is Essential to Anti-Racist Struggle Céline Leboeuf
114 - Philosophy Illustrated: Forty-two Thought Experiments to Broaden Your Mind Pete Mandik
117 - Old Amy Kind
119 - Micro-Digressions, Q&A with Spencer Case



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Issue 95 Contents

5 - Editorial Jeremy Stangroom

6 - Living the Life of the Mind Charlotte Knowles
9 - Unconscious Bias, or Deliberate Gatekeeping? Louise Chapman, Filippo Contesi and Constantine Sandis
12 - A Question of... Peter Worley
15 - A Question of... Desire Steven Campbell-Harris
20 - The Skeptic Wendy M Grossman

22 - Introduction
24 - Philosophy and Common Sense 1: What is Common Sense? Sebastian Sunday-Greve and Timothy Williamson
31 - How Science Is Making Me a Better Philosopher Michael Paul Nelson
37 - Snapshot: Ibn Rushd Margaret Goord
43 - How Should Governments Make COVID-19 Policy? Justin Bernstein, Anne Barnhill and Trevor Rieder
51 - Forward-Looking Responsibility and the Transport Union Kaitlin Louise Pettit

Forum: Cancelled
60 - Introduction
62 - Justifying Cancel Culture Jeremy Stangroom
75 - Cancel Culture: Nothing To See Here? Piers Benn
82 - The Gender Wars and Academic Freedom Judith Suissa and Alice Sullivan
92 - In Love With His Ants Kerrie Grain
96 - The Making of a Cancel Culture Russell Blackford

104 - Introduction
106 - Hearing Philosophy Jean Kazez
109 - The Right to Sex Jean Kazez
113 - Stoic Wisdom Gregory Lopez
116 - Philosophy Through Science Fiction Stories Rachel Handley
119 - The Academic Imperfectionist, Q&A with Rebecca Roache


Issue 74 coverFresh thinking about morality, love, the existence of god, poetry, metaphysics, free-market existentialism, the meaning of Brexit, book reviews and much else besides in the new issue of The Philosophers’ Magazine.


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Issue 74 Contents

5 - Editorial James Garvey
6 - Summer News Charlotte Knowles

9 - The Art of Making What Was Once Clear More Obscure Tom Quinn

13 - The Five Parameters Phil Hutchinson
19 - The Ethics of Later Abortion F. M. Kamm
22 - The Skeptic: Evidence Schmevidence Wendy M. Grossman
24 - Brexit Veronique Munoz-Darde

27 - War and Morality Larry May
34 - Does Moral Rightness Come in Degrees? Martin Peterson
39 - The Death of Moritz Schlick Karl Egerton
45 - You Bet Your Life Justin C. Fisher
50 - The Thinkers Next Door Peter Adamson
56 - A Puzzle of Poetic Expression John Gibson
63 - Snapshot: Mary Astell Jacqueline Broad

66 - Art-Rap, German Idealism and Therapy John Preston interviews milo

The Forum:
What is Metaphysics?
70 - Introduction James Garvey
71 - Discerning the Structure of Reality Naomi Thompson
76 - Is Metaphysics and Emotional Matter? Robin Le Poidevin
82 - Metaphysics as Mish-Mash Meghan Sullivan
86 - The Scientific Inquisition Tuomas E. Tahko
90 - The Question of Metaphysics Jessica Wilson
97 - Exchange: Epicurean and Stoic Philosophy David Konstan and Catherine Wilson
104 - Deprivation, Lament and Death Stephen J. Sullivan

The Reviews
108 - Can You Love Food? Jean Kazez
110 - Puzzling Identities by Vincent Descombes Georgia Warnke
112 - The Course of Love: A Novel by Alain de Botton Skye C. Cleary
114 - One Child: Do We Have a Right to More? by Sarah Conly Jamie Lindermann Nelson
116 - The Free Market Existentialist by William Irwin Kirsten Egerstom
118 - Campus Rumpus Benedict March