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What philosophers believe: results from the 2020 PhilPapers survey

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    mtset
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    Deeply concerning to me to see that around 15% of philosophers see gender as entirely biological and 11% see race as entirely biological. Even the most charitable interpretation there is pretty...

    Deeply concerning to me to see that around 15% of philosophers see gender as entirely biological and 11% see race as entirely biological. Even the most charitable interpretation there is pretty disturbing to see from the folks who are supposed to be the pinnacle of professional thinkers.

    Interestingly, according to the correlations page, those who thought gender was biological felt that:

    • gender categories should be preserved at r=0.47 and shouldn't be revised (r=-0.23) or eliminated (r=-0.25)
    • race was biological at r=0.45

    and were overwhelmingly male (85%).

    Similarly, those who felt that race was biological also felt that:

    • gender categories should be preserved at r=0.35
    • capital punishment was permissible at r=0.3
    • science can be value neutral (values necessary at r=-0.27)

    and were libertarians at r=0.26 and overwhelmingly male (87%).

    Basically, my suspicion that despite the many wonderful philosophers out there, there are many racist, misogynistic, fedora-tipping libertarian dudes still around in the field, is borne out.

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      moocow1452
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      On the other hand, both of those numbers are below people who see abortion as impermissible, and we even if the survey qualified what "a philosopher" is, some people are going to be contrarian due...

      On the other hand, both of those numbers are below people who see abortion as impermissible, and we even if the survey qualified what "a philosopher" is, some people are going to be contrarian due to the nature of the work.

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        mtset
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        True but both correlate with thinking abortion is impermissible! (r=0.36 and 0.17 respectively)

        True but both correlate with thinking abortion is impermissible! (r=0.36 and 0.17 respectively)

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        1. corleone
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          Being philosophers, their positions are probably more complex than that. To start off, what does "impermissible" means? And how does that relate to a practical assessment? For example: I strongly...

          Being philosophers, their positions are probably more complex than that. To start off, what does "impermissible" means? And how does that relate to a practical assessment? For example: I strongly believe that abortion is not a good outcome. I also believe that the best way to reduce abortions is to make it legal.

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          1. mtset
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            Double post, it looks like.

            Double post, it looks like.