Diversity & Inclusion in Philosophy

People of different origins, skin colours and sex philosophise. At the Department of Philosophy at the University of Vienna it is important to us that philosophy and philosophers are represented in all their diversity and that all students are addressed, integrated and perceived in their teaching. To this end, we strive for inclusive teaching, and in particular to give more room in teaching to works of historical and contemporary philosophers from backgrounds which have been less visible in philosophical curricula so far. We pay particular, but not exclusive, attention to the works of female philosophers. We should also pay attention to works by philosophers from non-Western backgrounds, (dis)abilities, and any other intersections.

On this page we summarise helpful resources:

  • Reading lists with works by philosophers of previously underrepresented groups, especially by female philosophers (and will be expanded)
  • Key questions for reflection on one's own teaching with regard to diversity aspects
  • Further links about the topic equality and equal opportunities in academia

If you have any suggestions for additions, please send them to Jeanne Pang (project manager).

Reading lists

These diversity reading lists are intended to help teachers to make the works of authors of previously underrepresented groups, especially female philosophers, more visible in their syllabi. This collection contains both English and German literature.

How do I achieve more diversity in my teaching?

MAP - Minorities and Philosophy, offers several suggestions in this document. In addition, best practice examples and the empirical studies behind the methods can be found on this website.

The American Philosophical Association has also summarised five tips. APA also has published Good Practices Guide (GPG) since 2018. The latest guide is updated in 2023.

The Office for Equality and the Advancement of Women at the University of Technology in Graz has compiled a list of key questions (in German) on diversity and gender-sensitive aspects in teaching.

Further materials

The following pages contain further information, projects, blogs, etc. related to diversity and inclusion.

Literature & Reports

  • Sophie Smith's 2024 article on London Reviews of Books, 'A Comet that Bodes Mischief', discusses two books on how female people in the modern European history (of philosophies) are excluded from academia, as well as, female philosophers from our philosophy discipline.
  • BPA SWIP Report of Women in Philosophy in the UK, 2021 Report An overview of changes regarding the underrepresentation of women in philosophy in the UK, between 2011 to 2021.

Online talks, seminars & conferences

These online talks and seminars are related to diversity and inclusion