The Canadian Philosophical Association stands united in empathetic solidarity with the professor and the students of Philosophy 202: Gender Issues, at the University of Waterloo. We are horrified by the attack that occurred in a Philosophy classroom on June 28, 2023. Hatred and violence have no place in any classroom.
Our Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and general membership will be active, visible, and loud participants in the counter-demonstrations that will ensue, on university campuses across Canada and beyond. We aim to be a positive, driving force within vitally important conversations about how to prevent any such incidents in the future.
We are especially mindful of, concerned about, and supportive of Canadian philosophers who teach and research in the areas of gender studies, equity, diversity, and inclusivity – and the various others, in Philosophy and other academic disciplines, whose work renders them vulnerable to hatred, abuse, and violence. We will not be silenced, and we will continue to carry out our work.