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Longino and Feminist Philosophy of Science

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Seth Robertson

on 22 March 2014

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Transcript of Longino and Feminist Philosophy of Science

Essential Tensions Helen Longino Constructive Identification and elimination of masculinist ideologies and methodologies of scientific inquiry Identification and realization of liberatory or emancipatory potential in the sciences, or at least a transformation of the sciences for feminist needs Biographical Information

PhD, John Hopkins
Professor at Rice, University of Minnesota
Chair of the Philosophy Department, Stanford
Author of "Science as Social Knowledge" (1990) and "The Fate of Knowledge" (2002)

Critical Contextual Empiricism The Problem of Underdetermination Background Assumptions Linda is 25 years old, single, outspoken, and very bright. She majored in philosophy. As a student, she was deeply concerned with issues of discrimination and social justice, and also participated in anti-nuclear demonstrations. Which is more probable?
A. Linda is a bank teller.
B. Linda is a bank teller and active in the feminist movement. Social Knowledge Science is social! "...by exposing background assumptions, we have a means of checking the influence of that subjectivity on the formation of knowledge." Objectivity is at the community level, not the individual level How to Criticize a Community (1) Have recognized avenues for criticism
(2) The community must respond to criticism
(3) The community must have shared standards
(4) The community must have equality of intellectual authority
Philosophy of Science Objectivity:
Prescriptivism vs. Descriptivism
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