chapter  2
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The Unavoidability of Gender

Philosophers are distinguished from other people in part by the problems they have: how do we know whether the external world exists, or whether we have bodies or others have minds: and if we do have both minds and bodies, how are they connected? It isn’t, of course, supposed to be only philosophers who have these problems. Rather, just as the problems of how to make sure bridges stay up are problems not solely for structural engineers, but for all of us who drive or walk across bridges, so we are all supposed to have philosophical problems, and philoso­ phers are those who are equipped, by interest and training, to best answer them for the rest of us.