The academic field of philosophy faces significant challenges related to the inclusion and respect of those who are not (or are not perceived as) white, male, heterosexual, cis-gendered, able-bodied, owning or middle class, and English-speaking. There are other ways in which exclusion transpires, for example, relating to whether someone is or is not trained in the analytic tradition, or whether someone is or is not religious.

What we have going for us is that philosophers have great hearts, a commitment to truth, and a desire for justice.


As someone who benefits directly from the structure of privilege in academic philosophy, I commit myself to:

  • Supporting people underrepresented in the profession at all levels (undergraduates, graduate students, faculty members);
  • Never invalidating a fellow scholar's thinking;
  • Adopting a pluralistic conception of philosophy;
  • Including issues related to social justice in my teaching.

A pluralistic conception of philosophy is one which recognizes philosophical thinking outside of the bounds of academic philosophy, the philosophical canon, and the methods in which one was trained.