APA presidential address: “Philosophy’s Civil Wars”

Linda Alcoff, President of the American Philosophical Association, gave a bang-up presidential address at this year’s meeting of the Eastern APA in Atlanta. you can listen to it here.

in it, she does a great job of linking what she calls philosophy’s “civil wars” to philosophy’s “demographic problem”: she argues that philosophy marginalizes precisely the work that is most effective in challenging hegemonic philosophy, which is done, unsurprisingly, by those at the margins of philosophy, who are often enough women, queers, people of color, or people from outside the axes defining philosophy’s geography.

what do y’all think of the work she does here linking philosophy’s “civil wars” to philosophy’s “demographic problem”?