On Being Objective and Being Objectified

Sally Haslanger

in Resisting Reality

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199892631
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980055 | DOI:
On Being Objective and Being Objectified

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Catharine MacKinnon has argued that the stance of objectivity is a male stance and, more specifically, a stance of objectification: “to look at the world objectively is to objectify it.” This chapter develops an interpretation of MacKinnon's account of gender and objectification to determine how objectivity is relevant. The chapter argues that there are epistemic norms that, under conditions of injustice, help sustain the position of the dominant. The chapter concludes, however, that these are norms of “assumed objectivity” that, although common, are not what genuine objectivity recommends.

Keywords: objectivity; objectification; rationality; gender; Catharine McKinnon; feminist epistemology; critique of rationality; epistemic norms; feminism

Chapter.  25683 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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