In Ann Garry, Serene J. Khader & Alison Stone (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy. New York: Routledge. pp. 314-328 (2017)

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Carla Fehr
University of Waterloo
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The biological sciences provide ample opportunity and motivation for feminist interventions. These sciences are seen by many as an authority on human nature and are highly relevant to many issues of social justice and public policy. Feminist philosophy of biology focuses on the ethical and epistemic adequacy and responsibility of biological claims. This work is critical in the sense of identifying epistemically and ethically irresponsible knowledge claims, research practices, and dissemination of biological research regarding sex/gender, including ways that sex/gender interacts with other social categories. In this chapter we describe classic themes in feminist philosophy of biology, with particular regard to research practices and metaphysical assumptions. We then go on to argue that these classic themes remain salient in contemporary neuroscientific investigations of human emotion and in feminist research on the evolution of human behavior.
Keywords feminist philosophy of biology  neurofeminism  feminist evolutionary psychology  biological determinism  reductionism  gender laden science
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