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An Introduction to Feminist Epistemologies

ISBN: 978-0-631-20012-3
296 pages
January 1999, Wiley-Blackwell
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Although their positions and arguments differ in several respects, feminists have asserted that science, knowledge, and rationality cannot be severed from their social, political, and cultural aspects.
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Part I: Varieties of Epistemology.

Part II: Feminism and "Mainstream" Epistemology.

Part III: Feminism and Science.

Part IV: Feminist Empiricism.

Part V: Naturalised feminist Epistemology.

Part VI: The Importance of Standpoint in Feminism.

Part VII: Objectivity and Feminism.

Part VIII: Knowledge and Power.

Part IX: Reason and Unreason in feminism.

Part X: Feminism and Postmodernism.
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Alessandra Tanesini is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Wales, Cardiff. She has been a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgetown University. She is the author of several articles on Nietzsche, feminist philosophy, and epistemology, and is currently working on a book on Wittgenstein and feminism.
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* Moves across traditional disciplinary boundaries, bringing together the work of thinkers in areas as diverse as philosophy, film theory, and sociology.
* Accessible to undergraduates approaching the subject for the first time.
* A wide-ranging introduction to the main issues at the intersection of gender and knowledge.
* Novel approach based on the notion of practice.
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"One of the strengths of the book is Tanesini's attention to detail in argument and her capacity to draw fine distinctions between the positions she discusses." Alison Ainley, Radical Philosophy

"The scope of the book is wide, and I would recommend it as a text book for students in the final year of their degree, postgraduate students and also to academics in general. It is very clearly written and the issues are explained in detail and contextualised adequately. There is no simplification of the topics, and the analyses offered by Tanesini are throrough. I would classify this as an accessible but sophisticated introduction to feminist epistemology." Stella Gonzalez Arnal, Women's Philosophy Review, no. 24, 2000

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