Do Men and Women Have Different Philosophical Intuitions? Further Data.

Author(s)Toni Adleberg, Morgan Thompson, Eddy Nahmias
JournalPhilosophical Psychology
AbstractTo address the underrepresentation of women in philosophy effectively, we must understand the causes of the early loss of women. In this paper we challenge one of the few explanations that has focused on why women might leave philosophy at early stages. Wesley Buckwalter and Stephen Stich (2014, Experimental philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press) offer some evidence that women have different intuitions than men about philosophical thought experiments. We present some concerns about their evidence and we discuss our own study, in which we attempted to replicate their results for 23 different responses (intuitions or judgments) to 14 scenarios (thought experiments). We also conducted a literature search to see if other philosophers or psychologists have tested for gender differences in philosophical intuitions. Based on our findings, we argue that that it is unlikely that gender differences in intuitions play a significant role in driving women from philosophy.
KeywordsGender, Intuitions, Thought Experiments, Underrepresentation, Women
Date Published February 14th, 2014
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