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Minorities and the Philosophical Marketplace

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This article argues for two theses. The first is that many of the sociological factors endemic in the philosophical community function as barriers to the recruitment of members of minority groups in the profession and to their functioning as public intellectuals. The division into familial groups, the fights for security and success, and the weakness of the federal organization of the American Philosophical Association all contribute to these barriers. The second is that sociology has a place in philosophy, even though it should not be confused with it. This means that philosophers need to consider social phenomena.

Keywords: American Philosophical Association; American philosophical community; Hispanics; analysts; continentals; criteria of success in philosophy; fame; familial structure; job security; minorities; philosophical families; philosophical goals; power; public intellectual; public life; sociological factors; sociology

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: State University at Buffalo, NY

Publication date: October 1, 2002


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