The Future of Differences: Truth and Method in Feminist Theory
December 1999, Polity
From erasure to emphasis.
From difference to differences.
The future of differences.
2. From Difference to Differences: The Case of Feminist Standpoint Theory.
Defining the feminist standpoint.
The challenge of difference: redefining the feminist standpoint.
Toward a new paradigm.
3. A Method for Differences.
Feminism, method and difference.
Weber's ideal type.
Feminist ideal types.
4. The Epistemology of Moral Voice: Displacing Hegemony in Moral/Legal Discourse. .
Different moral voices. Different legal voices.
A new legal game.
An alternative moral epistemology: multiple voices.
5. Backgrounds and Riverbeds: Feminist Reflections.
Theories of the Background.
Subverting the Background.
Shifting the riverbed.
* Develops an original approach which draws on the work of an array of contemporary theorists - Weber, Gadamer and Wittgenstein - to formulate a new feminist methodology for the social sciences.
'The Future of Differences makes an invaluable contribution to feminist theory. With her characteristic precision and clarity, Hekman has provided a valuable guide to the new epistemic terrain into which a focus on differences has led feminist theory and practice. Skilfully bringing together the work of numerous theorists, she argues that a feminism of difference must embrace a pluralist paradigm that includes an epistemology of truths rather than Truth. This is a book that will change the way we do moral theory and epistemology. This is a book to be read carefully, thought about, and shared with others.' Professor Nancy Tuana, Department of Philosophy, University of Oregon