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Philosophy Colloquium: “In Defense of Different Voices”

with Professors Helen Beebee, University of Manchester and Anne-Marie McCallion, University of Manchester

Date: Time: 3:30 pm
Online
Link TBD
Contact: Amy Peterson, apeterson71@unl.edu
The colloquium will be held over Zoom on Friday, March 12th at 3:30 pm cst. The titled paper will be summarized and discussed among participants. For those interested in attending, email Amy Peterson at apeterson71@unl.edu for the Zoom link and a copy of the paper.

Abstract: Louise Antony draws a now well-known distinction between two explanatory models for researching and addressing the issue of women’s underrepresentation in philosophy – the ‘Different Voices’ (DV) and ‘Perfect Storm’ (PS) models – and argues that, in view of PS’s considerably higher social value, DV should be abandoned. We argue that Antony misunderstands the feminist framework that she takes to underpin DV, and we reconceptualise DV in a way that aligns with a proper understanding of the metaphilosophical framework that underpins it. On the basis of that reconceptualisation – together with the rejection of her claim that DV posits ‘cognitive’ differences between women and men – we argue that Antony’s negative assessment of DV’s social value is mistaken. And, we argue, this conclusion does not depend on endorsing the relevant feminist metaphilosophical framework. Whatever our metaphilosophical commitments, then, we should all agree that DV research should be actively pursued rather than abandoned.

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