Boulder Takes Bold Steps to Right a Hostile Climate in Philosophy

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Mark Leffingwell, The Daily Camera

The Colorado flagship took action in response to a damning report from the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on the Status of Women, which it had invited to conduct a site visit.

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Mark Leffingwell, The Daily Camera

The Colorado flagship took action in response to a damning report from the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on the Status of Women, which it had invited to conduct a site visit.

In the most significant step yet in a nationwide effort by philosophers to rid the profession of sexual harassment, the University of Colorado at Boulder announced on Friday that it had removed its philosophy-department chairman and suspended graduate-student admission into the program following allegations by an outside panel that the department is hostile to women.

The moves at Boulder are unprecedented, according to longtime philosophy professors and women in the field who have