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Knowing the Difference : Feminist Perspectives in Epistemology - Kathleen Lennon

Knowing the Difference

Feminist Perspectives in Epistemology

By: Kathleen Lennon (Editor), Margaret Whitford (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 7th July 1994
ISBN: 9780415089883
Number Of Pages: 316

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This collection is one of the first to offer feminist perspectives on epistemology from thinkers outside North America. It presents essays from an international group of contributors, including Rosi Braidotti, Gemma Corradi Fiumara, Anna Yeatman, Sabina Lovibond and Liz Stanley. Using approaches and methods from both analytic and continental philosophy, the contributors engage with questions of traditional epistemology and with issues raised by postmodernist critiques.
The essays deal with the central question of difference: the difference which a feminist perspective yields in relation to traditional knowledge and the effects on feminist perspectives of differences between women. This awareness of difference requires a re-evaluation of the idea of objectivity and the justification of knowledge claims in ways that focus attention on the subjects who constitute the knowledge producers. "Knowing the Difference" presents some of the most innovative thinking in feminist epistemology and sets the agenda for the next decade.

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"These essays challenge, unsettle and stretch philosophic and feminist assumptions, including Anglo-American, Continental and Southern' legacies in both fields. Powerful new voices join widely acclaimed scholars in lively debates and discussions about issues that all of us will have to resolve. What others see as problematic tensions between Enlightenment and postmodernist approaches to knowers, knowing and knowledge, these thinkers turn into valuable resources for the next moment in global dialogues. This is an immensely exciting collection." -Sandra Harding, University of Delaware "This is an exciting collection of papers that will open up the field of work in feminist epistemologies beyond the current terms of debate . . . The anthology as a whole works to bridge the existing gap between the philosophical discussions among postmodernists and among feminist epistemologists." -Linda Alcoff, Syracuse University "These diverse and innovative essays work creatively within the tensions that feminist epistemologies have to negotiate now that issues of accountability, power, specificity, language and agency are as urgent as the once-pivotal questions about disinterested knowledge and truth." -Lorraine Code, York University, Canada

Notes on contributors
Introductionp. 1
Body-Images and the Pornography of Representationp. 17
The Metaphoric Function and the Question of Objectivityp. 31
Women's Experience and Feminist Epistemology: A Critical Neo-Rationalist Approachp. 45
The End of Morality?p. 63
Towards a Defence of Objectivityp. 79
Knowledge as Construct: Theorizing the Role of Gender in Knowledgep. 95
Women's Authority in Sciencep. 110
Women, Power and Technologyp. 122
The Knowing Because Experiencing Subject: Narratives, Lives and Autobiographyp. 132
The Personal Is International: Feminist Epistemology and the Case of International Relationsp. 149
Feminism, Subjectivity and Psychoanalysis: Towards a (Corpo)Real Knowledgep. 164
Postmodern Epistemological Politics and Social Sciencep. 187
Whose Language?p. 203
Moral Difference and Moral Epistemologyp. 217
Should the Feminist Philosopher Stay at Home?p. 230
Openness, Identity and Acknowledgement of Personsp. 249
Feminism, Postmodernism and Differencep. 265
Against Fragmentation: The Need for Holismp. 275
Bibliographyp. 283
Indexp. 289
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ISBN: 9780415089883
ISBN-10: 0415089883
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 7th July 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Number: 1