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Implicit Bias and Philosophy, Volume 1Metaphysics and Epistemology$
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Michael Brownstein and Jennifer Saul

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198713241

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198713241.001.0001

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Philosophers Explicitly Associate Philosophy with Maleness

Philosophers Explicitly Associate Philosophy with Maleness

An Examination of Implicit and Explicit Gender Stereotypes in Philosophy

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Implicit Bias and Philosophy, Volume 1

Laura Di Bella

Eleanor Miles

Jennifer Saul

Oxford University Press

This chapter reports the results of several studies designed to explore the gender stereotypes that professional philosophers and philosophy students hold about philosophy. We found that both women and men explicitly associate philosophy with maleness. However, the implicit picture was more complicated and surprising. Men tend to implicitly associate philosophy with maleness, but women tend to implicitly associate it with femaleness. We explore the implications of these findings for explanations of the underrepresentation of women in philosophy that turn on implicit bias and stereotype threat. We argue that our findings are compatible with these explanations, and that they suggest a hopeful picture for the prospects of combating stereotype threat among women in philosophy.

Keywords:   implicit stereotype, explicit stereotype, gender, philosophy, implicit bias, stereotype threat

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