Women, Knowledge, and Reality: Explorations in Feminist Philosophy

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Ann Garry, Marilyn Pearsall
Psychology Press, 1996 - Philosophy - 500 pages
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This second edition of Women, Knowledge, and Reality continues to exhibit the ways in which feminist philosophers enrich and challenge philosophy. Essays by twenty-five feminist philosophers, seventeen of them new to the second edition, address fundamental issues in philosophical and feminist methods, metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophies of science, language, religion and mind/body. This second edition expands the perspectives of women of color, of postmodernism and French feminism, and focuses on the most recent controversies in feminist theory and philosophy.

The chapters are organized by traditional fields of philosophy, and include introductions which contrast the ideas of feminist thinkers with traditional philosophers. The collected essays illustrate both the depth and breadth of feminist critiques and the range of contemporary feminist theoretical perspectives.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
METHODOLOGY
7
The Unavoidability of Gender
26
The Possibility of Feminist Theory
34
Choosing the Margin as a Space of Radical Openness
48
METAPHYSICS
57
Objective Reality Male Reality and Social Construction
84
Can I Choose Who I Am? And How Would That Empower Me?
108
Who Knows? What Can They Know? And When?
286
Feminism Science and the AntiEnlightenment Critiques
298
PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE
321
Gender Language Sexuality and the Politics of Location
339
Whose Language?
353
PHILOSOPHY OF MINDBODY
367
Psychopathology as the Crystallization of Culture
388
PlayfulnessWorld Traveling and Loving Perception
419

The Construction of the Self in U S Latina Autobiographies
127
THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE
145
Emotion in Feminist Epistemology
166
Taking Subjectivity into Account
191
The Social Construction of Black Feminist Thought
222
PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
249
Science Nature and Gender
264
PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION
435
Ethical Implications
454
Divine Women
471
Contributors
485
Index
491
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About the author (1996)

Ann Garry is Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair at California State University, Los Angeles. She is an associate editor of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. Marilyn Pearsall has taught at universities throughout the U.S., most recently at the University of Puget Sound. She is the editor of Women and Values 2E and the forthcoming Feminist Interpretations of Nietzsche.

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