I'm applying to very competitive doctoral programs in philosophy. Everything in my application package is stellar except for my GRE scores. How much do admissions committees at competitive programs weigh GRE scores? Does Math matter more than Verbal? Is there a general baseline score I should try to aim at getting over?

Different departments weigh different parts of the application differently. I don't think that there's a universal baseline score for GREs. GREs are important if they are very low or very high. In my department (University of Massachusetts), we weigh the writing sample fairly heavily. If a graduate department is unfamiliar with your undergraduate institution or with your recommenders, then GREs and writing samples become more important. I'd recommend applying to a range of universities, so that you'll have some back-ups.

This is kind of a counterfactual question. If the atmosphere in the past had been made more inviting to women would we presently have knowledge that we do not have at present? We all know I think that sensitivities enter and often create philosophy along with poetry. Some sensitivities have been left on the sidelines, just how heavy a price have we paid for this? Is it presently even productive to ask such a question? James Ont, Canada

I'm not sure what you include within the scope of 'knowledge'. Philosophy? Poetry? If the political atmosphere had been different in any number of ways, different people would have produced philosophy and poetry. It is reasonable to suppose that different people with different sensibilities would have pursued different projects and had different ideas. You wonder whether it's productive to ask your question. I think that any answer will be vague (as above) unless you have a well-worked-out theory of gender (or race or class or....) and a good historical understanding that allows you to apply the theory to the past.

I agree with Louise Antony on this matter. In my opinion, the contribution of feminism is to social justice, rather than to the theory of knowledge.