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Feminist Epistemologies

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Feminist philosophy began on the margins, in the applied fields where practical concerns met with the political issues central to the women's movement. The traditional core of philosophy - including epistemology - remained intact, impervious to any inquiry that appealed to values, politics, or gender. Feminist Epistemologies brings together original essays exploring the ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published March 4th 1993 by Routledge (first published December 21st 1992)
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May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Notes taken mostly from Alcoff contributions in journals:

In ‘The Problem of Speaking for Others,” Alcoff (1991) demonstrates that the locations of privilege can be dangerous as it creates large gaps between what is spoken of and who is spoken for; there is something that is constructed in that process of representation, and it is not disconnected from the ‘power’ of discourse as well as the ‘power’ of place (Alcoff, 1991).
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have found this an immensely suggestive book, collecting as it does essays from both prominent and rising figures in feminist philosophy of knowledge--albeit from about two decades ago. I am struck by how little impact feminist thought, even of this high and generally temperate quality, has had on evangelical theology, to the shame of my guild.

If you're new to the idea, let alone the discourse, of feminist epistemology, this is an excellent place to start.
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Linda Martín Alcoff (born July 25, 1955 in Panama) is a philosopher at the City University of New York who specializes in epistemology, feminism, race theory and existentialism. From 2012 to 2013, she served as president of the American Philosophical Association (APA), Eastern Division. Alcoff has called for greater inclusion of historically under represented groups in philosophy and notes that ...more

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