Also, we generally try to encourage and support junior and marginalized scholars, not pile on in attacking them when they make mistakes. (I’m not going to address the specific complaints made in the open letter, because this has been done elsewhere.) (1) is a journal of feminist philosophy explicitly committed to both ‘interdisciplinarity’ and ‘diversity’, positioned as both ‘accessible’ and a resource for ‘the wider women’s studies community’ (see their website).
, but of a privileged group relative to much of the population (being both white and university-employed) published a paper; a few philosophers together with a great many more non-philosophers from marginalized groups issued an apology for publishing the paper; and then many philosophers rallied in defence of the paper’s author. It’s true that some of the anger was directed at Tuvel, but much more was directed at , not to Tuvel.
If we insist upon this distinction, then it looks like Tuvel has articulated a ‘dangerous idea’, and the thought-police have stepped in to silence her.
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(2) Many philosophers tend to draw a distinction between the theoretical and the political.
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