The Search for Certainty: A Pragmatist Critique of Society's Focus on Biological Childbearing

The Pluralist 13 (2):96 (2018)
Jamie P. Ross
Portland State University
biological theories of emotion are often used to explain and predict human desires, particularly the desire to reproduce. I propose that these desires are largely socially constructed, but that the naturalization of desires and the normalization of biological theories sustain the pursuit of biological childbearing as a biological need. Foundational metaphysical and epistemological theories have lent both authority and urgency to the idea of a biological need to bear children, which has resulted in a diminished focus on alternative modes of having children.I suggest that a form of biological determinism rests on what philosopher John Dewey calls a misplaced "quest for certainty." This search is a process whereby a...
Keywords Pragmatism  Feminist Philosophy  Childbearing  Desire
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DOI 10.5406/pluralist.13.2.0096
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