Hypatia 24 (2):216 - 223 (2009)

Cheshire Calhoun
Arizona State University
The essay speculates that women's underrepresentation in the philosophy major (though not in lower division philosophy courses) is connected with the clash between the schema for philosophy and the schema for woman. The result is that female students have difficulty envisioning themselves as philosophers and thus have a weaker attachment to the discipline. I also suggest that this schema clash encourages female students to take isolated experiences of sexism or gender imbalance in the classroom as representative of philosophy. At the end I suggest some possible strategies for de-gendering philosophy.
Keywords undergraduate philosophy  gender
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DOI 10.1111/j.1527-2001.2009.01040.x
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