Second Week Meeting

We’d like to extend a welcome to all the new members we greeted at the RSO Fair last week! We will again be meeting on Wednesday this week, at 5:30 PM in Stuart 209. (For those of you who don’t know: this is the only classroom on the second floor of Stuart Hall.)

We didn’t end up discussing the NPR article we assigned last week, but this week we will be discussing similar themes, so the content of that article will still be relevant. This week, we’ll be turning our attention to the ongoing discussion in the New York Times on the Colin McGinn scandal, which, according to some commentators, has been a “turning-point” in the debate on low numbers of women and minorities in philosophy departments.

The first article we’ll discuss — “A Star Philosopher Falls, and a Debate Over Sexism Is Set Off” — landed on the front page of the New York Times over the summer and newly brought the problem of women in philosophy to mainstream attention. The scandal was followed by five days of commentary by female philosophers in the New York Times‘ philosophy blog, The Stone (brought to our attention by UWIP member Alaina Bompiedi!). All five columns are worth reading, but we will specifically be focusing on “What’s Wrong with Philosophy?” by Linda Martín Alcoff, “The Disappearing Women” by Rae Langton, and “The Double Bind” by Peg O’Connor. Each one is only a few paragraphs, and reading all three should take you less than half an hour.

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Colin McGinn page 2

For those of you uninterested in discussing academic politics, don’t worry — next week, we’ll be assigning some philosophy.


Fall 2013 Meetings

Our preliminary meeting was tonight; in future weeks we will be meeting at 5:30 PM on Wednesdays in Stuart 209. The best way to get updates, however, is by signing up for our listhost. That’s where we circulate all our readings, information about events, and last-minute news. (If you can’t figure out how to sign yourself up, or if you run into any problems, just email Sabina at, and she can add you right away.)

In addition, we will be at the RSO Fair on the quads on Friday from 3-5. Look out for our table to talk to us, find out about UWIP and the new Philosophy Journal, and get treats.

Hope to see you all soon, and if you’re a new student here, welcome to the University of Chicago!