• Title: Feminist Epistemologies
  • Author: Linda Martín Alcoff Elizabeth Potter
  • ISBN: 9780415904513
  • Page: 304
  • Format: Paperback
  • Feminist Epistemologies Feminist philosophy began on the margins in the applied fields where practical concerns met with the political issues central to the women s movement The traditional core of philosophy including epis
    Feminist philosophy began on the margins, in the applied fields where practical concerns met with the political issues central to the women s movement The traditional core of philosophy including epistemology remained intact, impervious to any inquiry that appealed to values, politics, or gender Feminist Epistemologies brings together original essays exploring the inFeminist philosophy began on the margins, in the applied fields where practical concerns met with the political issues central to the women s movement The traditional core of philosophy including epistemology remained intact, impervious to any inquiry that appealed to values, politics, or gender Feminist Epistemologies brings together original essays exploring the intersections of gender and knowledge The contributors are concerned with many of the problems of traditional epistemology including the nature of knowledge, justification, and objectivity But they are skeptical that the gender of knowers can ever be considered irrelevant Their essays probe the difference gender makes by reframing old questions and looking through a feminist lens at such new questions as Who is the subject of knowledge How does the social position of the knower affect the production of knowledge And what is the connection between knowledge and politics New feminist work is examining the most basic issues of philosophy, with radical results The time is right for a work of feminist philosophy that engages the traditional problematics of epistemology Until now, the term feminist epistemology has typically been used to denote women s ways of knowing, women s experience, and the critique of specific theories about women This book inaugurates a field of study at the intersection of feminist philosophy and epistemology proper Feminists have raised important questions about epistemology, but no book has carried these questions as deeply into the heart of the discipline.

    One Reply to “Feminist Epistemologies”

    1. Notes taken mostly from Alcoff contributions in journals:In ‘The Problem of Speaking for Others,” Alcoff (1991) demonstrates that the locations of privilege can be dangerous as it creates large gaps between what is spoken of and who is spoken for; there is something that is constructed in that process of representation, and it is not disconnected from the ‘power’ of discourse as well as the ‘power’ of place (Alcoff, 1991).

    2. I have found this an immensely suggestive book, collecting as it does essays from both prominent and rising figures in feminist philosophy of knowledge--albeit from about two decades ago. I am struck by how little impact feminist thought, even of this high and generally temperate quality, has had on evangelical theology, to the shame of my guild.If you're new to the idea, let alone the discourse, of feminist epistemology, this is an excellent place to start.

    3. I used this for one of the cornerstones on my master's thesis about modern society's view of midwives bv. doctors and how we are legitimized by the way in which we learn things. Fascinating!

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