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Whose Science? Whose Knowledge? Thinking from Women’s Lives

Whose Science? Whose Knowledge?
Thinking From Women’s Lives
Sandra HardingOpen University Press1991

Whose Science? Whose Knowledge? explores the possibility of a feminist way of knowing and of a feminist science, and the practical consequences a feminist method might have for social, political and gender relations. In the first part of the book Sandra Harding discusses the interfaces between science and feminism and the possibility of a feminist science. In part two she explores feminist epistemology, and feminist and “pre-feminist” postmodernism. Finally, in part three she steps back from the feminist science and epistemology controversies and explores the perspectives that people of colour, lesbians and others bring to these issues.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: After the Science Question in Feminism

Part One: Science
2. Feminism Confronts the Sciences: Reform and Transformation
3. How the Women’s Movement Benefits Science: Two Views
4. Why “Physics” Is a Bad Model for Physics

Part Two: Epistemology
5. What Is Feminist Epistemology?
6. “Strong Objectivity” and Socially Situated Knowledge
7. Feminist Epistemology in and after the Enlightenment

Part Three: “Others”
8. “…and Race”? Toward the Science Question in Global Feminisms
9. Common Histories, Common Destinies: Science in the First and Third Worlds
10. Thinking from the Perspective of Lesbian Lives
11. Reinventing Ourselves as Other: More New Agents of History and Knowledge
12. Conclusion: What Is Feminist Science?