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Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 October 2021

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If you ask people ‘What does a philosopher look like?’, their first response is often an image of an elderly man with a beard. This image can be explained by looking at philosophy's history, which has been dominated by a very select group of men. Yet, in recent years it has become obvious that the history of philosophy is not as monochrome as is often assumed. In this article, I consider how the inclusion of different voices in the history of philosophy should impel us to rethink the ways in which the history of philosophy is told.

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Saul, Jennifer, ‘Implicit Bias, Stereotype Threat, and Women in Philosophy’, in Jenkins, Fiona and Hutchison, Katrina (eds.) Women in Philosophy: What Needs to Change ? (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 3960. [This is an excellent collection on the issue of women in philosophy.]CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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