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Professional Development Session 1


Monday 4:00-6:00  Room: 67.104

Convenor: Cathy Legg (Deakin) 

ABSTRACT: Philosophy has a long tradition of valuing candid, bold and even blunt speech, and issuing uncomfortable challenges to cherished beliefs. At the same time, academic philosophy has recently been deprecated for a hostile (or ‘rude’) professional culture which, it has been suggested, causes many individuals with enormous philosophical talent to end up leaving our profession, willingly or no. If true (keeping in mind that in 2017, Philosophy Level E FTE positions in Australia were around 13% women), this challenge seems highly concerning. What, if anything, should members of the AAP do about it? Well, as philosophers, maybe one thing we can usefully do is use conceptual analysis to get clear on what exactly we’re talking about. What do we mean by rudeness in the context of professional Philosophy? If rude behaviour is a bad thing in such a context, what makes it bad? Is it always bad? If not, how do we know when the behaviour is bad and when it’s not bad, possibly even good?

This workshop has been designed to respond to current challenges to our professional mores with the kinds of detailed, intuition-consulting, imaginative and analytical work at which philosophers arguably excel. The workshop organisers suspect that intuitions regarding rudeness differ significantly amongst different groups within our philosophical community, and that mapping the contours of these differences can be a useful first step in negotiating them, in order to maximise the contribution of all Australasian philosophers (which, if we can achieve it, is not a small thing).

Please come along and be part of this joint inquiry!


Antony, L. (2012). Different voices or perfect storm: Why are there so few women in philosophy?. Journal of Social Philosophy, 43(3), 227-255.

Haslanger, S. (2008). “Changing the Ideology and Culture of Philosophy: Not by reason (alone).” Hypatia 23(2), 210-223.

Hutchison, K., & Jenkins, F. (Eds.). (2013). Women in Philosophy: What Needs to Change?. Oxford University Press.

Blog: What is it Like to be a Woman in Philosophy:


Professional Development Session 2

Careers for Philosophers

Monday, 4:30 - 7:00  iAccelerate, UOW Innovation Campus

This session is co-sponsored by the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

This panel will discuss pathways toward non-academic careers for philosophers. Held at UOW's iAccelerate facility, we will describe the work of some of the start-up companies based there, and discuss how philosophers can contribute to these projects. We will also discuss recent work by the AAP to promote the variety of careers available to philosophers and to gather information on philosopher graduates who have found work outside of academia.

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