Guardians of Philosophy

Eugene Park Was Right: Academic Philosophy Is Failing Its Cosmopolitan Values

A philosopher examines Brian Leiter’s reaction to Eugene Park’s essay for Hippo Reads, arguing that Western philosophers implicitly consider their own work cosmopolitan and universal, while treating non-Western philosophy as limited and local: “If philosophy departments teach only Western philosophy, in what sense can they be, as Brian Leiter says they are, ‘guardians’ of the cosmopolitan ideal?”
Tears or rain? Dark thoughts and poor consolation.

Why I Left Academia: Philosophy’s Homogeneity Needs Rethinking

Former PhD student Eugene Sun Park explores why philosophy’s academic halls lack diversity: “It’s not that women and minorities are (inexplicably) less interested in the ‘problems of philosophy’—it’s that women and minorities have not had their fair say in defining what the problems of philosophy are, or what counts as philosophy in the first place.”