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In: Handbook of Gender and Women's Studies

Chapter 9: Women Knowing/Knowing Women: Critical-Creative Interventions in the Politics of Knowledge

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Women Knowing/Knowing Women: Critical-Creative Interventions in the Politics of Knowledge
Women knowing/knowing women: critical-creative interventions in the politics of knowledge

Concentrating on interconnections between gender and epistemology, particularly in the Anglo-American world since the beginning of second-wave feminism, this chapter traces a history of departures from a view of epistemology as an a priori normative inquiry which could fulfill its mandate only by producing apolitical, impersonal, experience-remote analyses of necessary and sufficient conditions for knowledge ‘in general.’Feminist epistemologists have demonstrated how a gender-sensitive, avowedly political inquiry can produce knowledge good of its kind and epistemic standards stringent enough to enable knowers to participate intelligently in the world, both physical and human. Moving through the early taxonomy of feminist empiricism, standpoint theoryand postmodernism to the multiple directions ...

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