“philosophy also reflects the legacy of privilege, oppression, and systemic racism”
Philosophy used to be a very serious minded discipline. This is Dartmouth?
Campus Reform reports:
Dartmouth continues ‘social justice activism’ lectures
Dartmouth College’s philosophy department will continue its series of public lectures on “Race, Gender and Justice.”
The first public lecture of the 2022-2023 academic year is on March 31 with Georgetown University Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Dr. Shelbi Nahwilet Meissner.
As stated on the department’s web page and a 2020 statement, the university established a “5-year series” of public workshops and lectures. The series is part of a larger commitment that includes “[d]iversifying” curriculum, fostering “student social justice activism,” and hiring faculty who specialize in race.
The statement, posted by former Philosophy Chair Amie Thomasson, showcases the department’s reasoning for implementing the “Race, Gender and Justice” series, along with numerous changes to the department’s curriculum.
“We believe that philosophy offers powerful tools for addressing issues of justice, morality, equality, identity, truth, power, law, democracy, race and intersectionality, among others. But philosophy also reflects the legacy of privilege, oppression, and systemic racism. It is one of the whitest disciplines within the humanities,” the statement says.
The statement continues, “The professional philosophical voices students hear at Dartmouth also are predominantly white voices, both in the classroom and on the page. We can do better to diversify our philosophical community and curriculum and to contribute to the struggle against racism.”
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