APA Philosophy Lecture: "Stopping Sexual Harassment"


Nov. 16, 2018, 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Office/Remote Location

Room 101



Janet D. Stemwedel
San José State University

In recent years, it has become more widely recognized that sexual harassment is a problem, including in academia and in the community of academic philosophy. Stemwedel argues that the problem for philosophy is exacerbated by a collection of stances and strategies for analysis and engagement, which philosophers seem to regard as virtues but which, in the context of understanding and addressing sexual harassment, are unhelpful at best. Moreover, academic philosophy shares with science and engineering fields a number of salient features that create prime conditions for sexual harassment to flourish. As such, Stemwedel argues that academic philosophers, including but not limited to those in leadership positions, ought to attend to the specific measures to reduce sexual harassment recommended in the NASEM Consensus Study Report (Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine). Implementing such changes—and seriously reflecting upon our disciplinary habits in order to cultivate better ones—offers our best hope of solving our sexual harassment problem.

Admission Information

This event is free and open to the public. Reception and free refreshments to follow.

Contact Information

UNLV Philosophy Dept.
UNLV Philosophy Department

External Sponsor

Sponsored by the American Philosophical Association (APA) and the UNLV Philosophy Department.