Philosophy of Science after Feminism

ISBN-10: 0199732612
ISBN-13: 9780199732616
Edition: 2010
Authors: Janet A. Kourany
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Description: In this monograph Janet Kourany argues for a philosophy of science more socially engaged and socially responsible than the philosophy of science we have now, a philosophy of science that can help to promote a science more socially engaged and  More...

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List price: $21.49
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/25/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 9.09" wide x 5.98" long x 0.51" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

In this monograph Janet Kourany argues for a philosophy of science more socially engaged and socially responsible than the philosophy of science we have now, a philosophy of science that can help to promote a science more socially engaged and socially responsible than the science we have now. The central questions feminist scientists, philosophers, and historians have been raising about science during the last three decades form Kourany's point of departure and her response to these questions builds on their insights. This way of approaching science differs from mainstream philosophy of science in two crucial respects: it locates science within its wider societal context rather than treating science as if it existed in a social, political, and economic vacuum; and it points the way to a more comprehensive understanding of scientific rationality, one that integrates the ethical with the epistemic. Kourany develops her particular response, dubbed by her the ideal of socially responsible science, beyond the gender-related questions and contexts that form its origins and she defends it against a variety of challenges, epistemological, historical, sociological, economic, and political. She ends by displaying the important new directions philosophy of science can take and the impressive new roles philosophers of science can fill with the approach to science she offers.

A Feminist Primer For Philosophers of Science
The Legacy of Twentieth Century Philosophy of Science
What Feminist Science Studies Can Offer
Challenges from Every Direction
The Prospects of Twenty-first Century Philosophy of Science
References
Index

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