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Katrina Hutchison and Fiona Jenkins

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199325603

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199325603.001.0001

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Sages and Cranks

Sages and Cranks

The Difficulty of Identifying First-Rate Philosophers

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(p.103) 5 Sages and Cranks
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Women in Philosophy
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Katrina Hutchison

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199325603.003.0006

Why are women underrepresented in philosophy? Meditating on Quine’s comment that the “separation of philosophers into sages and cranks seems to be more sensitive to frames of reference [than in other disciplines]” this paper explores the possibility that part of the explanation might be the way that philosophers establish their credibility. The argument draws on philosophical work on the nature of expertise, as well as Miranda Fricker’s work on epistemic injustice.

Keywords:   Women in philosophy, Credibility, Feminist epistemology, Expertise, Authority, Philosophical pedagogy, Philosophical methods

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