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Identity Politics and Dialectical Reason: Beyond an Epistemology of Provenance

Sonia Kruks
Hypatia
Vol. 10, No. 2 (Spring, 1995), pp. 1-22
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Hypatia, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3810276
Page Count: 22
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Identity Politics and Dialectical Reason: Beyond an Epistemology of Provenance
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Abstract

Identity politics is important within feminism. However, it often presupposes an overly subjectivist theory of knowledge that I term an epistemology of provenance. I explore some works of feminist standpoint theory that begin to address the difficulties of such an epistemology. I then bring Sartre's account of knowledge in the Critique of Dialectical Reason to bear on these difficulties, arguing that his work offers tools for addressing them more adequately.

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