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APA Good Practices Guide: Public comment period now open

Tuesday, July 18, 2017   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Erin Shepherd
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The American Philosophical Association is pleased to announce that a draft Good Practices Guide is now available and a public comment period is underway. Inspired by the Good Practices Scheme of the British Philosophical Association and the Society for Women in Philosophy in the United Kingdom, the APA’s Good Practices Guide is intended to serve as a set of recommendations to help philosophers create and maintain an academic community based on mutual respect, fairness, inclusivity, and a commitment to scholarship and learning.

During the public comment period, which will last through spring 2018, we encourage you to read the draft Good Practices Guide and share your thoughts, questions, and concerns about its contents. To facilitate broader discussion about the Good Practices Guide, the APA Blog is running a series of posts covering each section of the guide in detail (the first of which will be posted on the blog today), and listening sessions will be held at each of the three divisional meetings in 2018. You can also send feedback and suggestions directly to

After the public comment period, we will use the feedback we receive to revise and update the Good Practices Guide before distributing it widely. Our hope is that the guide will continue to evolve over time to keep up with the changing needs of the profession.

We look forward to receiving your feedback!


Steven D. Hales says...
Posted Friday, July 21, 2017
The chapter on "Countering Implicit Bias" is a mistake and should be deleted. The hypothesis of implicit bias is hardly settled science. It is, at best, a controversial contention that has been the subject of several recent critical articles. At worst it is pseudoscience enlisted to support an ideological cause. Its largely uncritical promotion is not a "good practice" and is inappropriate for our professional organization. Compare: imagine that in the 1930s the APA had declared that teaching Plato or philosophy of religion had been shown to be outdated dead-ends and that best practices meant teaching logic, phil of science, and phil of language. Nowadays we would be chagrined, if not aghast, had positivist ideologues done such a thing. I hope the analogy is obvious.

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