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Philosophy of Science after Feminism$
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Janet A. Kourany

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199732623

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732623.001.0001

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A Feminist Primer for Philosophers of Science

A Feminist Primer for Philosophers of Science

(p.3) 1 A Feminist Primer for Philosophers of Science
Philosophy of Science after Feminism

Janet A. Kourany

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a review of some of the most pressing problems women confront in society today and goes on to explore the role of science in perpetuating and adding to these problems. In an effort to fashion a more helpful role for science there follows a selection of normative “questions regarding the social responsibility of science” (SRS questions). These are the kinds of normative questions regarding science feminists have been pursuing. They locate science within its wider societal context, investigating science’s epistemic aspects as they are entangled with science’s ethical, sociopolitical, and economic aspects. SRS questions are contrasted with the normative questions regarding science that mainstream philosophy of science currently pursues, the questions that investigate science’s epistemic aspects in isolation from science’s societal context.

Keywords:   SRS questions, problems women confront, role for science, normative questions, science’s epistemic aspects, science’s ethical/sociopolitical/economic aspects, feminism, philosophy of science, societal context

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