Our colleague Christian Coseru today posted a piece to the New APPS blog entitled “Philosophy’s Western Bias and What Can Be Done About It.” I’m curious to see what kind of reaction he receives. In my experience, professional philosophers in North America tend to get defensive when this issue comes up. (Fortunately for me, this has not been the case among philosophers at my home university, SUNY Stony Brook, where we are preparing to launch a new M.A. program called “History of Philosophies, East and West.”) Christian’s piece is in part a response to a recent blog post by Brian Leiter.
Christian’s post is here: http://www.newappsblog.com/2014/09/philosophys-western-bias-and-what-can-be-done-about-it.html#more
And here’s the original post by Leiter: http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2014/09/ignorance-of-philosophy-and-identity-politics.html
It was Jonardon Ganeri who originally called the Leiter piece to Christian’s and my attention, and suggested that it called for some kind of response. So, what do you IPB readers think? Is Leiter correct to decry “identity politics” in philosophy departments?