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What Knowledge Is and What It Ought to Be

Sally Haslanger

in Resisting Reality

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199892631
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980055 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892631.003.0012
What Knowledge Is and What It Ought to Be

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Much of contemporary analytic epistemology has been concerned with the semantics of claims to know. For the most part, feminist epistemology pursues different questions about knowledge. The chapter argues that are there alternative ways of undertaking an analysis of knowledge on which feminist work often deemed irrelevant to the philosophical project is, in fact, highly relevant. Rather than pursuing a strategy of reflective equilibrium, we need to ask: what is our concept of knowledge for? And what conception could best achieve this? The chapter argues that we should consider what cognitive values beings like us ought to have, and to answer this feminist work on the self, the interdependence between selves, agency, and autonomy offer important insights.

Keywords: knowledge; analytic epistemology; feminist epistemology; conceptual analysis; reflective equilibrium; autonomy; cognitive values; well-being; eudaimonia; feminism

Chapter.  11593 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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