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TitleDiscovering Reality [electronic resource] : Feminist Perspectives on Epistemology, Metaphysics, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science / edited by Sandra Harding, Merrill B. Hintikka
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 2003
Edition Second Edition
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Descript XXXIX, 332 p. online resource


During the last decade, feminist research has attempted to add understandings of women and their social activities to what we all thought we knew about nature and social life. However, from the very beginning of this project, it has appeared to be in tension with some ofthe most fundamental insightsof the Second Women's Movement. Only recently has the nature ofthis tension become clear. Within the theories, concepts, methods and goals of inquiry we inherited from the dominant discourses we have generated an impressive collection of "facts" about women and their lives, cross-culturally and historically - and we can produce many, many more. But these do not, and cannot, add up to more than a partial and distorted understanding of the patterns of women's lives. We cannot understand women and their lives by adding facts about them to bodies of knowledge which take men, their lives, and their beliefs as the human norm. Furthermore, it is now evident that if women's livescannot be understood within the inherited inquiry frameworks, than neither can men's lives. The attempts to add understandings of women to our knowledge of nature and social life have led to the realization that there is precious little reliable knowledge to which to add them. A more fundamental project now confronts us. Wemust root out sexist distortions and perversions in epistemology, metaphysics, methodology and the philosยญ ophy of science - in the "hard core" of abstract reasoning thought most immune to inftltration by social values


Woman Is Not a Rational Animal: On Aristotleโ{128}{153}s Biology of Reproduction -- Aristotle and the Politicization of the Soul -- The Unit of Political Analysis: Our Aristotelian Hangover -- Have Only Men Evolved? -- Evolution and Patriarchal Myths of Scarcity and Competition -- Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Forerunner of a Feminist Social Science -- The Trivialization of the Notion of Equality -- How Can Language Be Sexist? -- A Paradigm of Philosophy: The Adversary Method -- The Man of Professional Wisdom -- Gender and Science -- The Mindโ{128}{153}s Eye -- Individualism and the Objects of Psychology -- Political Philosophy and the Patriarchal Unconscious: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Epistemology and Metaphysics -- The Feminist Standpoint: Developing the Ground for a Specifically Feminist Historical Materialism -- Why Has the Sex/Gender System Become Visible Only Now? -- Index of Names

Philosophy Epistemology Modern philosophy Philosophy and science Biology -- Philosophy Social sciences Philosophy Epistemology Philosophy of Science Methodology of the Social Sciences Modern Philosophy Philosophy of Biology


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