A Mind of one's own: feminist essays on reason and objectivity

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Westview Press, Jan 10, 1993 - Literary Criticism - 302 pages
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The tradition of Western philosophy—in particular, the ideals of reason and objectivity—has come down to us from white males, nearly all of whom are demonstrably sexist, even misogynist. What are the implications of this fact for contemporary feminists working within this tradition? Is this tradition so imbued with patriarchy that it is impossible for feminists to work on the same problems or to use the same tools? Or can feminists remain feminists while helping themselves to the philosophical tradition?In this splendidly provocative volume, thirteen feminist theorists of many different persuasions address these questions. The chapters touch on many historical figures as well as many contemporary modes of thought, but a common theme running through them all is the question of whether there is a place for the traditional ideals of objectivity and rationality in a committed feminist view of philosophy and of the world.A Mind of One’s Own stands as testimony to the variety, vigor, and vitality of current feminist philosophy. It will be essential reading and an essential reference for philosophers as well as for all scholars and students concerned about the nature of knowledge and our pursuit of it.

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Cartesian Reason and Gendered Reason
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The Reflective Womens Epistemologist?
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Could It Be Worth Thinking About Kant on
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Louise Antony is professor of philosophy at Ohio State University. Her research and teaching interests are in the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of language, the foundations of cognitive science, and feminist theory. Charlotte Witt is professor and chair of philosophy at the University of New Hampshire. Her teaching and research interests are in ancient philosophy and feminist theory. She is the author of Substance and Essence in Aristotle.

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