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The Sociology of Knowledge and Feminism
The sociology of knowledge and feminism

In the past, some histories of great scientists depicted them as lonely geniuses who were able to examine evidence and reason in an unprejudiced manner so as to arrive at important truths. This is in keeping with the Cartesian picture of knowledge, according to which those who wish to know should begin by stripping away their social and personal influences in order to examine claims in an unprejudiced manner in the natural light of reason. Recent studies seem to show that this picture of science is a caricature. The history of science seems to contain a number of great scientists who have accepted theories which were not justified on the evidence available to them. ...

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