Of Linchpins and Other Interpretive Tools *
Reconsidering Okin's Method
This chapter argues that Okin's “method”—her focus on actual social problems—has been largely ignored in the literature. The author of this chapter contends that examining Okin's method can help us understand some of the strengths of her work—its relevance, its ability to hone in on matters of importance—as well as throw light on its shortcomings. Because Okin eschewed engagement with method, this chapter claims that she was insufficiently aware of her own biases and assumptions. The chapter illustrates this claim by looking at Okin's writings on multiculturalism and on the family.
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