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Ecological Thinking The Politics of Epistemic Location

ISBN-10: 0195159446
ISBN-13: 9780195159448
Edition: 2006
Authors: Lorraine Code
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Description: How could ecological thinking animate an epistemology capable of addressing feminist, multicultural, and other post-colonial concerns? Starting from an epistemological approach implicit in Rachel Carson's scientific practice, Lorraine Code  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/27/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

How could ecological thinking animate an epistemology capable of addressing feminist, multicultural, and other post-colonial concerns? Starting from an epistemological approach implicit in Rachel Carson's scientific practice, Lorraine Code elaborates the creative, restructuring resources of ecology for a theory of knowledge. She critiques the instrumental rationality, abstract individualism, and exploitation of people and places that western epistemologies of mastery havelegitimated, to propose a politics of epistemic location, sensitive to the interplay of particularity and diversity, and focused on responsible epistemic practice. Drawing on ecological theory and practice, on naturalized epistemology, and on feminist and post-colonial theories, Code analyzes extended examples from developmental psychology, and from two "natural" institutions of knowledge production--medicine and law. These institutions lend themselves well to a reconfigured naturalism. They are, in practice, empirically-scientifically informed, specifically situated, and locally interpretive. With human subjects as their "objects" of knowledge, theyinvoke the responsibility requirements central to Code's larger project. This book discusses a wide range of literature in philosophy, social science, and ethico-political thought. Highly innovative, it will generate productive conversations in feminist theory, and in the ethics and politics of knowledge more broadly conceived.

Introduction
Ecological Thinking: Subversions and Transformations
Ecological Naturalism
Negotiating Empiricism
Ecological Subjectivity in the Making: "The Child as Fact and Artifact"
Patterns of Autonomy, Acknowledgment, and Advocacy
Rational Imagining, Responsible Knowing
Public Knowledge, Public Trust: Toward Democratic Epistemic Practices
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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