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Going Public: Feminist Epistemologies, Hannah Arendt, and the Science‐ and‐ Religion Discourse

Lisa L. Stenmark

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780199543656
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199543656.003.0049

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Going Public: Feminist Epistemologies, Hannah Arendt, and the Science‐ and‐ Religion Discourse

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This article proposes a model of the science-and-religion discourse (SRD) as a ‘public’ discourse, a model that incorporates the insights of feminist epistemologies. Feminists have rejected objectivism, and have instead proposed an understanding of knowledge as a relationship between the knower and that which is known – a relational epistemology – and between the knower and society: a ‘situated knower’. The second part discusses the implications of this perspective for the SRD. It argues that, to the extent that people seek agreement between science and religion, the objectivist notions of knowledge in the SRD may actually impede discourse, for these concepts are embedded in a world-view in which either science or religion must be subordinated to the other. It concludes by offering a model of discourse based on the thought of Hannah Arendt.

Keywords: SRD; feminist epistemologies; objectivism; Hannah Arendt; relational epistemology

Article.  7207 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religion and Science ; Religious Studies

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