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Feminism and Philosophy of Science : An Introduction - Elizabeth Potter

Feminism and Philosophy of Science

An Introduction

Hardcover Published: 1st July 2006
ISBN: 9780415266529
Number Of Pages: 200

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Feminist perspectives have been increasingly influential on philosophy of science. "Feminism and Philosophy of Science" is designed to introduce the newcomer to the central themes, issues and arguments of this burgeoning area of study. Elizabeth Potter engages in a rigorous and well-organized study that takes in the views of key feminist theorists - Nelson, Wylie, Anderson, Longino and Harding - whose arguments exemplify contemporary feminist philosophy of science. The book is divided into six chapters looking at important themes: naturalized feminist empiricism feminist value theory feminist conceptual empiricism standpoint epistemologies of science value-free science Arranged thematically, F"eminism and Philosophy of Science "looks at the spectrum of views that have arisen in the debate, and unpicks the arguments on key topics such as value-free science, values, objectivity, point of view and relativism. It assumes no previous knowledge of the subject, and is written in an accessible, student-friendly style. It will be an important read for students of philosophy, philosophy of science, gender studies and feminist studies.

'Potter not only tells the reader (clearly, systematically) what the central philosophical issues are in this area and how feminist philosophers have responded to them, but also shows what is involved in engaging them. She immediately draws readers into thinking through the issues that animate feminist analysis of science. What's more, she charts a course forward that holds great promise for both feminist and philosophical thinking about science.' - Alison Wylie, Stanford University, USA

Acknowledgmentsp. vi
Introductionp. 1
Naturalized feminist empiricismp. 32
Feminist tacking between science and philosophy of sciencep. 58
Feminist philosophy of science and feminist value theoryp. 76
Feminist contextual empiricismp. 97
Standpoint epistemologies of sciencep. 131
Concluding arguments: can the philosophy of science be value-free?p. 162
Notesp. 177
Bibliographyp. 179
Indexp. 186
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ISBN: 9780415266529
ISBN-10: 0415266521
Series: Understanding Feminist Philosophy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 1st July 2006
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1