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Feminist epistemologies

Author: Linda Alcoff; Elizabeth Potter
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, 2015. ©1993
Series: Thinking gender.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Feminist philosophy began on the margins, in the applied fields where practical concerns met with the political issues central to the women's movement. The traditional core of philosophy - including epistemology - remained intact, impervious to any inquiry that appealed to values, politics, or gender. Feminist Epistemologies brings together original essays exploring the intersections of gender and knowledge. The  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Linda Alcoff; Elizabeth Potter
ISBN: 9781138131552 1138131555
OCLC Number: 1019500878
Description: vii, 312 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : when feminisms intersect epistemology / Linda Alcoff and Elizabeth Potter --
Taking subjectivity into account / Lorraine Code --
Rethinking standpoint epistemology : "What is strong objectivity"? / Sandra Harding --
Marginality and epistemic privilege / Bat-Ami Bar On --
Subjects, power and knowledge : description and prescription in feminist philosophies of science / Helen Longino --
Epistemological communities / Lynn Hankinson Nelson --
Gender and epistemic negotiation / Elizabeth Potter --
Bodies and knowledges : feminism and the crisis of reason / Elizabeth Grosz --
Are "old wives' tales" justified? / Vrinda Dalmiya and Linda Alcoff --
Feminism and objective interests : the role of transformation experiences in rational deliberation / Susan Babbitt --
Knowers/doers and their moral problems / Kathryn Pyne Addelson.
Series Title: Thinking gender.
Responsibility: edited and with an introduction by Linda Alcoff and Elizabeth Potter.

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Feminist philosophy began on the margins, in the applied fields where practical concerns met with the political issues central to the women's movement. The traditional core of philosophy - including epistemology - remained intact, impervious to any inquiry that appealed to values, politics, or gender. Feminist Epistemologies brings together original essays exploring the intersections of gender and knowledge. The contributors are concerned with many of the problems of traditional epistemology including the nature of knowledge, justification, and objectivity. But they are skeptical that the gender of knowers can ever be considered irrelevant. Their essays probe the difference gender makes by reframing old questions and looking through a feminist lens at such new questions as: Who is the subject of knowledge? How does the social position of the knower affect the production of knowledge? And what is the connection between knowledge and politics? New feminist work is examining the most basic issues of philosophy, with radical results. The time is right for a work of feminist philosophy that engages the traditional problematics of epistemology. Until now, the term "feminist epistemology" has typically been used to denote women's ways of knowing, women's experience, and the critique of specific theories about women. This book inaugurates a field of study at the intersection of feminist philosophy and epistemology "proper." Feminists have raised important questions about epistemology, but no book has carried these questions as deeply into the heart of the discipline.

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