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Out from the ShadowsAnalytical Feminist Contributions to Traditional Philosophy$
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Sharon L. Crasnow and Anita M. Superson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199855469

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199855469.001.0001

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The Web of Valief

The Web of Valief

An Assessment of Feminist Radical Empiricism

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(p.435) 16 The Web of Valief
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Out from the Shadows
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Miriam Solomon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199855469.003.0017

Feminist radical empiricists (e.g., Elizabeth Anderson, Sharyn Clough, Lynn Hankinson Nelson, and Richmond Campbell) extend Quine's idea of a “web of belief” to include both beliefs and values. This article cautions that such holism does not have the resources to distinguish relevant from irrelevant values, and this distinction is needed to make sense of many epistemic practices. Feminist radical empiricism may work for some special cases of value-imbued science, but does not provide a general framework for understanding the ways in which values work in science.

Keywords:   Quine, empiricism, holism, standpoint, Longino, web of belief, science and values, reliabilism, feminism

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