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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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The Legacy of Twentieth-Century Philosophy of Science

The Legacy of Twentieth-Century Philosophy of Science

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(p.21) 2 The Legacy of Twentieth-Century Philosophy of Science
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Philosophy of Science after Feminism
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Janet A. Kourany

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732623.003.0002

This chapter explores the twentieth-century roots of contemporary philosophy of science and its penchant for dealing with science as if science existed in a social/political/economic vacuum. It uncovers no defensible reasons, epistemic or otherwise, to indulge this penchant and many reasons not to. It also uncovers, in the early twentieth-century work of the Vienna Circle, an important historical precedent for doing philosophy of science in a more “contextualized” way—one that locates science within its wider societal context—and the valuable contributions, both philosophical and political, that can generate. A contemporary program for a contextualized philosophy of science inspired by the work of feminists might therefore be an attractive option.

Keywords:   Vienna Circle, contextualized philosophy of science, twentieth-century roots, contemporary philosophy of science, societal context

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