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Minorities and Philosophy (MAP)

What is MAP?

MAP comprises students and faculty from English-speaking philosophy departments committed to exploring and addressing the concerns of minorities, including (but not limited to) gender and racial minorities, through various student-run activities such as talks, reading groups, film screenings and panel discussions. The Penn MAP chapter is one of several across the country that offers opportunities for students interested to come together and engage in an examination of the problems facing minorities all with the view to improving their situation in the academic philosophical community.

For more information about the Penn chapter of MAP, please see our chapter profile at the APA blog.


Fall 2016 schedule of events:

  • Biweekly reading group on classical Arabic philosophy
  • Oct 31: Workshop on comparative philosophy with Dr. Chandana Chakrabarti

Spring 2017 schedule of events:

  • Mar 24-25: MAP-Penn Conference: Global Feminisms


If you have any questions regarding events run by the Penn MAP chapter, please contact Allauren Forbes (  If you would like to learn more about department life at Penn, feel free to get in touch with any of our Penn MAP members:

Faculty advisor:  Karen Detlefsen


Spring 2016 schedule of events

  • Biweekly reading group on classical Chinese philosophy (1/29, 2/5, 2/23, 3/15, 3/29, 4/12, 4/26)
  • Weekly reading group on philosophy of race (1/20, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25)
  • Feb 26-27: Conference on non-Western philosophy
  • Feb 26: Keynote address by Jay Garfield

Fall 2015 schedule of events:

  • Biweekly reading group on classical Chinese philosophy (9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/23 and 12/7)
  • Oct 22: Seminar on Eastern and Western Philosophy of Mind with Kisor Chakrabarti

Spring 2015 schedule of events:

  • Jan 29: Reading group: Natalie Stoljar, "Autonomy and Adaptive Preference Formation"
  • Feb 26: Reading group: Nancy Hirschmann, "Queer/Fear: Disability, Sexuality, and the Other"
  • Mar 26: Reading group: Thom Brooks, "Philosophy Unbound: The Idea of Global Philosophy"
  • Mar 27: Workshop: Non-western Philosophical Traditions. Topics included Aztec natural philosophy (James Maffie - Maryland), Buddhist conceptions of causation (Ricki Bliss - Lehigh), Indian theories of meaning (Deven Patel - Penn), the city of Istanbul as an "epistemic clearing house" in the early modern period (Harun Kücük - Penn), and the use of thought experiments in classical Chinese ethics (Bryan van Norden - Vassar).
  • Apr 23: Reading group: Christie Hartley, "Disability and Justice"

Fall 2014 schedule of events:

  • Sep 22: Reading group: Daniel Kelly and Erica Roedder, "Racial Cognition and the Ethics of Implicit Bias"
  • Oct 20: Reading group: Paul Taylor, "Bare Ontology and Social Death"
  • Oct 29: MAP philosophy undergraduate tea
  • Nov 17: Reading group: Sally Haslanger, "Changing the Ideology and Culture of Philosophy: Not by Reason (alone)", and Margaret Urban Walker, "Diotima's Ghost: The Uncertain Place of Feminist Philosophy in Professional Philosophy"

Spring 2014 schedule of events:

  • Feb 19: MAP philosophy undergraduate tea
  • Mar 7: Panel Discussion: Diversity in Philosophy