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Diversity in Philosophy

We are trying to make philosophy a more inclusive and diverse profession.

 Collectively and individually, we are trying to do our bit in make philosophy a more inclusive and diverse profession. Activities have included making changes to our own teaching and research, including, for example, increasing the proportion of women included on course reading lists and introducing an events policy; hosting staff- and student-run workshops and conferences; and publishing on climate issues, on inclusive pedagogy, and on women in the history of philosophy.

Events and activities

The Profession We Want: Practical Ways to Improve Philosophy (a SWIP conference, supported by the BPA, the Mind Association and the Analysis Trust), 15-16 May, 2017.

PhilChat conference: Race, Gender and Class in Philosophy, April 28, 2017. 

PhilChat is a student society primarily for undergraduates, run by postgraduates and led by Maeve Macpherson. It started in 2013 as a seminar series, but in 2016 and 2017 has held one-day workshops. In 2016 the topic was the philosophy of race, gender and disability. Join the PhilChat Facebook group.


Helen Beebee & Jennifer Saul (on behalf of the BPA/SWIP Women in Philosophy Committee), Women in Philosophy in the UK (2011)

Helen Beebee, ‘Women and Deviance in Philosophy’, in K. Hutchison & F. Jenkins (eds.), Women in Philosophy: What Needs to Change? (Oxford: OUP, 2013)

Frederique Janssen-Lauret, 'Making room for women in our tools for teaching logic: a proposal for promoting gender inclusivenessProceedings of the 4th International Conference on Tools for Teaching Logic. 65-73 (2015)

Frederique also has an interest in women in the history of analytic philosophy, and will be running a workshop on the topic at the Institute of Philosophy in September 2017. See also:

Frederique Janssen-Lauret, 'Susan Stebbing, Incomplete Symbols, and Foundherentist Meta-Ontology', Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy, 5 (2016), 1-12

BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme / Minorities and Philosophy

We subscribe to the BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme. Find out what we have been doing. We are also a chapter of Minorities and Philosophy (MAP), a student-run organisation aims to examine and address issues of minority participation in academic philosophy.