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The Values of Science: Empiricism from a Feminist Perspective

Nancy Tuana
Synthese
Vol. 104, No. 3, Feminism and Science (Sep., 1995), pp. 441-461
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20117442
Page Count: 21
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The Values of Science: Empiricism from a Feminist Perspective
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Abstract

This essay delineates the contributions of feminist critiques of science to contemporary reconstructions of empiricism. I argue that three central tenets arise from feminist attention to the dynamics of gender and oppression in the theories and methods of science: 1) a rejection of the science/politics dichotomy; 2) an acknowledgement of the epistemic import of subjective components of knowledge; and 3) a reconfiguration of the subject of knowledge. These three tenets are illustrated and supported through examples from the history of science.

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