Inclusiveness in Philosophy


At present, the small gestures made toward greater inclusiveness can in fact lead only to somewhat more robust representation of people who are all already in most important respects members of the same society. It excludes at the outset the people whose way of life separates them from the institutions in which philosophy is practiced and transmitted.

Justin E.H. Smith (University of Paris) takes the long view on what it means for philosophy to be inclusive. He explains just how much more needs to be done, which is simultaneously dispiriting (about the present) and thrilling (about what we have to look forward to).

UPDATE (6/23/14): Smith elaborates on and defends his position here.

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