Ecological Thinking : The Politics of Epistemic Location: The Politics of Epistemic Location

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Oxford University Press, USA, Mar 29, 2006 - Philosophy - 344 pages
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How could ecological thinking animate an epistemology capable of addressing feminist, multicultural, and other post-colonial concerns? Starting from an epistemological approach implicit in Rachel Carson's scientific practice, Lorraine Code elaborates the creative, restructuring resources of ecology for a theory of knowledge. She critiques the instrumental rationality, abstract individualism, and exploitation of people and places that western epistemologies of mastery have legitimated, to propose a politics of epistemic location, sensitive to the interplay of particularity and diversity, and focused on responsible epistemic practice. Drawing on ecological theory and practice, on naturalized epistemology, and on feminist and post-colonial theories, Code analyzes extended examples from developmental psychology, and from two "natural" institutions of knowledge production--medicine and law. These institutions lend themselves well to a reconfigured naturalism. They are, in practice, empirically-scientifically informed, specifically situated, and locally interpretive. With human subjects as their "objects" of knowledge, they invoke the responsibility requirements central to Code's larger project. This book discusses a wide range of literature in philosophy, social science, and ethico-political thought. Highly innovative, it will generate productive conversations in feminist theory, and in the ethics and politics of knowledge more broadly conceived.
 

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This book is good, if you like feminist epistemology. Code is one of the leaders in the field and one of the first to try to bridge environmentalism and epistemology, which means a lot to me. I have ... Read full review

Contents

ECOLOGICAL THINKING Subversions and Transformations
29
ECOLOGICAL NATURALISM
67
NEGOTIATING EMPIRICISM
99
ECOLOGICAL SUBJECTIVITY IN THE MAKING The Child as Fact and Artifact
133
PATTERNS OF AUTONOMY ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND ADVOCACY
167
RATIONAL IMAGINING RESPONSIBLE KNOWING
205
PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE PUBLIC TRUST Toward Democratic Epistemic Practices
241
CONCLUSION
283
Bibliography
291
Index
309
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Page 32 - The conditionings associated with a particular class of conditions of existence produce habitus, systems of durable, transposable dispositions, structured structures predisposed to function as structuring structures, that is, as principles which generate and organize practices and representations that can be objectively adapted to their outcomes without presupposing a conscious aiming at ends or an express mastery of the operations necessary in order to attain them. Objectively 'regulated
Page 16 - The people who, in Mesopotamia, Greece, Asia Minor, and elsewhere. destroyed the forests to obtain cultivable land, never dreamed that they were laying the basis for the present devastated condition of these countries, by removing along with the forests the collecting centres and reservoirs of moisture.

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