A Feminist Primer for Philosophers of Science

Janet A. Kourany

in Philosophy of Science after Feminism

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199732623
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866403 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Feminist Philosophy

A Feminist Primer for Philosophers of Science

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This chapter begins with a review of some of the most pressing problems women confront in society today and goes on to explore the role of science in perpetuating and adding to these problems. In an effort to fashion a more helpful role for science there follows a selection of normative “questions regarding the social responsibility of science” (SRS questions). These are the kinds of normative questions regarding science feminists have been pursuing. They locate science within its wider societal context, investigating science’s epistemic aspects as they are entangled with science’s ethical, sociopolitical, and economic aspects. SRS questions are contrasted with the normative questions regarding science that mainstream philosophy of science currently pursues, the questions that investigate science’s epistemic aspects in isolation from science’s societal context.

Keywords: SRS questions; problems women confront; role for science; normative questions; science’s epistemic aspects; science’s ethical/sociopolitical/economic aspects; feminism; philosophy of science; societal context

Chapter.  8057 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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