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A Question of Evidence

Lynn Hankinson Nelson
Hypatia
Vol. 8, No. 2, Feminism and Pragmatism (Spring, 1993), pp. 172-189
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Hypatia, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3810344
Page Count: 18
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A Question of Evidence
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Abstract

I outline a pragmatic account of evidence, arguing that it allows us to underwrite two implications of feminist scholarship: that knowledge is socially constructed and constrained by evidence, and that social relations, including gender, race, and class, are epistemologically significant. What makes the account promising is that it abandons any pretense of a view from nowhere, the view of evidence as something only individuals gather or have, and the view that individual theories face experience in isolation.

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