David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Science and Education 17 (10):1089-1110 (2008)
Feminist philosophy of science has been criticized on several counts. On the one hand, it is claimed that it results in relativism of the worst sort since the political commitment to feminism is prima facie incompatible with scientific objectivity. On the other hand, when critics acknowledge that there may be some value in work that feminists have done, they comment that there is nothing particularly feminist about their accounts. I argue that both criticisms can be addressed through a better understanding of the current work in feminist epistemology. I offer an examination of standpoint theory as an illustration. Harding and Wylie have suggested ways in which the objectivity question can be addressed. These two accounts, together with a third approach, ‘model-based objectivity’, indicate there is a clear sense in which we can understand how standpoint theory both contributes to a better understanding of scientific knowledge and can provide a feminist epistemology.
|Keywords||feminist epistemology feminist philosophy of science standpoint theory objectivity relativism models|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Kristina Rolin (2009). Standpoint Theory as a Methodology for the Study of Power Relations. Hypatia 24 (4):218 - 226.
Similar books and articles
Sandra Harding (1995). “Strong Objectivity”: A Response to the New Objectivity Question. Synthese 104 (3):331 - 349.
Shari Stone-Mediatore (2007). Challenging Academic Norms: An Epistemology for Feminist and Multicultural Classrooms. National Women's Studies Association Journal 19 (2):55-78.
Kristoffer Ahlstrom (2005). Incorporating Feminist Standpoint Theory. SATS: Northern European Journal of Philosophy 6 (2):79-92.
Rebecca Kukla (2008). Naturalizing Objectivity. Perspectives on Science 16 (3):pp. 285-302.
Marianne Janack (1997). Standpoint Epistemology Without the 'Standpoint'. Hypatia 12 (2):125-39.
Rosemary Hennessy (1993). Women's Lives / Feminist Knowledge: Feminist Standpoint as Ideology Critique. Hypatia 8 (1):14 - 34.
Lisa Weasel (2001). Dismantling the Self/Other Dichotomy in Science: Towards a Feminist Model of the Immune System. Hypatia 16 (1):27-44.
Kristen Intemann (2010). Years of Feminist Empiricism and Standpoint Theory: Where Are We Now? Hypatia 25 (4):778-796.
Cassandra L. Pinnick (1994). Feminist Epistemology: Implications for Philosophy of Science. Philosophy of Science 61 (4):646-657.
Added to index2009-02-07
Total downloads202 ( #2,803 of 1,102,759 )
Recent downloads (6 months)6 ( #46,777 of 1,102,759 )
How can I increase my downloads?