Who Are Philosophers Less Willing To Hire?


George Yancey, a professor of sociology at the University of North Texas who works on anti-Christian attitudes in the United States, has researched bias in academia, and recently shared some information he had collected regarding philosophers’ hiring preferences.

He writes:

I did this quick breakdown of some of the different groups and the willingness of academic philosophers to hire them. Note that their unwillingness to hire them may be slight or may be strong. This is only the percentage that have an unwillingness to hire someone because they are a member of this group. I do not have the time right now to do a breakdown by being slightly, moderately or strongly more unwilling to hire from that group but do not want to overestimate the degree of rejection either.

The data was collected as research for his 2011 book, Compromising Scholarship: Religious and Political Bias in American Higher Education.

What follows are the names of the groups Yancey asked about followed by the percentage of the 159 philosophers he surveyed indicating either a slight or strong unwillingness to hire members of that group:

Yancy adds:

I think philosophy does better than most humanities and social sciences but not as well as the natural sciences with it comes to accepting deviate social groups. As a sociologist I have no dog in that fight and am just telling it like I see it.

Discussion welcome. Please be respectful of each other and mindful of stereotypes.

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