A defense of ignorance develops new ideas in feminist epistemology by exploring diverse and sometimes positive roles for ignorance. I will use my perspective as a nonwestern, indian feminist to examine critically the predominantly anglo american project of feminist epistemology and to reflect on what such a project might signify for women in non western cultures in general and for nonwestern feminists in particular. Feminist epistemology and the politics of knowledge. But there is no single feminist epistemology or methodology. She has written a book on black feminist thought that combines the theory with the most immediate in feminist practice. The relevance of feminist epistemology and feminist ethics athene noctua.
In this course, we will examine the recent history of philosophical perspectives on scientific inquiry. Our aim is not so much to defend these feminist epistemologies although we think they. The only journal for scholarly research at the intersection of philosophy and womens studies, hypatia is a leader in reclaiming the work of women philosophers and is indispensable for those interested in philosophy. This book inaugurates a field of study at the intersection of feminist philosophy and epistemology proper. Haack and koertge suggest several worrying possibilities that longinos defense of feminist science might raise. Proceedings of the aristotelian society, supplementary volumes, vol. Epistemology was a latecomer to feminist analysis and critique. But feminist epistemology is better understood as the branch of naturalized, social epistemology that studies the various influences of norms and conceptions of gender and gendered. The writers considered here from pre and post independence era of.
Situating feminist epistemology volume 17 issue 1 natalie alana ashton, robin mckenna. Thurnau professor and john dewey distinguished university professor of philosophy and womens studies at the university of michigan and is a notable american philosopher specializing in moral and political philosophy. Pdf feminist epistemology, feminist methodology, and the. Feminist epistemology would be epistemology aware of its own feminist implications. View feminist epistemology philosophy research papers on academia.
On the basis of this defense, michael williams claims that foundationalism and. Page 124but are her interpretations of sources at all plausible. Download feminist epistemology and philosophy of science. Pdf the very idea of feminist epistemology researchgate.
This research often focused on interpreting traditional. Signs patricia hill collins has done the impossible. Until now, the term feminist epistemology has typically been used to denote womens ways of knowing, womens experience, and the critique of specific theories about women. Anderson is currently the chair of the university of michigans department of philosophy. A defense of ignorance by cynthia townley overdrive. Feminist epistemology and philosophy of science power in knowledge. Feminist epistemology is an examination of epistemology the study of knowledge from a. Integrating the two in a critically realistic standpoint epistemology implies four methodological. Feminist social epistemology stanford encyclopedia of. Anderson describes feminist epistemology as being concerned with the way in which gender influences our concept of knowledge and practices of inquiry and justification. Epistemology is a longdiscussed issue, the science of the initiation and development process of human cognition as well as its laws.
Philosophy of science syllabus spring 2012 course description. They must navigate between two conflicting epistemologies representing white male interest on the one hand, and black female interest on the other. Feminist epistemology and philosophy of science studies the ways in which gender does and ought to influence our conceptions of knowledge, knowers, and practices of inquiry and justification. We will begin at the turn of the twentieth century with logical positivism, a view that attempted to employ newly available logical methods to justify scientific practice. Pdf feminist epistemology, feminist methodology, and the study. Located in african american womens everyday and historical experiences of oppression and resistance, black feminist epistemology and critical social theory, patricia hill collins raises the intellectual level in all these arenas. Critical and constructive dimensions of feminist epistemology. A charitable interpretation of this generalization is that haack.
Black women who achieve academic credentials face pressure from multiple sides. Moreover, many of the key works in feminist epistemology draw on and contribute to more than one approach to epistemology making any straightforward cataloging of key works deceptive. Cynthia townley argues that epistemic values cannot simply be reduced to the value of increasing knowledge and that ignorance is not merely inescapable for epistemic agents, but, rather, is valuable. It focuses on sources of peoples consciousness, cognitive ability, cognitive form, cognitive nature, the structure of cognition, the relationship between objective truth. But feminist epistemology is better understood as the branch of naturalized, social epistemology that studies the various influences of norms and conceptions of gender and gendered interests and experiences on the production of knowledge. Pdf the juxtaposition encompassed in the phrase feminist.
On lukacs 1971 interpretation, marx argued that the different social. The relevance of feminist epistemology and feminist ethics. Black feminist thought the flame by unite youth dublin. Feminist epistemology is an examination of epistemology the study of knowledge from a feminist standpoint.
Feminist epistemology as a local epistemology authors. Topics include the nature of sexist oppression, the sexgender distinction, how genderbased norms influence conceptions of rationality, knowledge, and scientific objectivity, feminist. Standpoint theorys analysis of the knower as operating from a specific. Feminist epistemology and philosophy of science stanford. In 2002, social epistemology devoted a special issue to feminist epistemology as social epistemology in which it was noted that social epistemology and feminist epistemology shared many challenges and were similarly positioned against a dominant epistemological tradition of hypernormative and individualistic analysis grasswick and.
And both pieces do this first by offering examples of ways feminism can contribute to firstorder questions in epistemology, and second by attempting to defuse common feminist critiques of epistemology in langtons case, the. An interpretation and a defense elizabeth anderson feminist epistemology has often been understood as the study of feminine ways of knowing. An interpretation and a defense feminist epistemology. A philosophical anthology addresses seven philosophically significant questions regarding feminism, its central concepts of sex and gender, and the project of centering womens experience.
In chapters eleven and twelve of the book black feminist thought by patricia hill collins, collins argues that the dominant epistemology in the united states has been defined by the elite white men. An introduction this chapter presents an overall view, about feminism movement in general and specifically rises of feministic writings in indian english literature. The time is right for a work of feminist philosophy that engages the traditional problematics of epistemology. If youre looking for a free download links of feminist epistemology and philosophy of science pdf, epub, docx and torrent then this site is not for you. Feminist epistemologists examine social, political, and ethical aspects of knowing using a wide range of approaches. Handbook of the sociology of gender pp 2543 cite as. But there is more to the story than this, and there are many ways in which relations have not been entirely friendly. Pdf on jan 1, 2006, joey sprague and others published a feminist. An interpretation and a defense anderson, elizabeth 19950801 00. An interpretation and a defense elizabeth anderson feminist epistemology has often been understood as the study offeminine.
One central strand of the feminist contribution to epistemology has been to show how, when it comes to knowledge, women get left out. But feminist epistemology is better understood as the branch of. Elizabeth secor anderson born 5 december 1959 is an american philosopher. On the place of feminist epistemology in philosophy of. There is no original or primary gender a drag imitates, but gender is a kind of. Drawing on wittgenstein, and in a similar vein as the interpretations of his. Situating feminist epistemology cambridge university press. In order for black feminist epistemology to challenge those dominant ideologies, they must share their own lived experiences to represent new meanings. Although various explanations for its tardiness might be advanced, central among them must surely be the intransigence of a conviction that, while ethics and politics might well be shaped by gender relations and other human differences, knowledge worthy of the. Feminist epistemology has often been understood as the study of feminine ways of knowing.
An interpretation and a defense elizabeth anderson hypatia 10 3. Situating feminist epistemology episteme cambridge core. First, a hypothesis might be accepted, even if the evidence suggests it. A stepbystep introduction to contemporary epistemology, with coverage of skepticism, epistemic justification, epistemic closure, virtue epistemology, naturalized epistemology. But feminist epistemology is better understood as the branch of naturalized, social epistemology that.
Feminist philosophers have, nevertheless, struggled with many of the problems that have vexed traditional epistemology, among them the nature of knowledge itself, epistemic agency, justification, objectivity and whether and how epistemology should be naturalized. But feminist epistemology is better understood as the branch of naturalized, social epistemology that studies the various influences of norms and. Critical perspectives on feminist epistemology sage research. Key concepts hegemonic masculinity patriarchal dividend. An anthology or stand alone as a concise primer, this is a straightforward and accessible introduction to contemporary epistemology for those studying the topic for the first time.774 605 94 508 484 360 811 1372 1423 787 1161 720 444 245 281 1121 1344 691 312 1263 834 316 688 712 399 95 676 612 175 21 1475 1193 636 14 1382 1203 433 566 146