SOCI 325 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Feminist Epistemology, Subset, Androcentrism

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There is no such thing as aperspectival knowledge. This is standpoint theory"s response to the widespread recognition among feminists that the rejection of partial perspective in science is a mask for androcentric bias. Problem: how do we still retain a sense of asymmetry (objective vs. biased, rational vs. irrational) necessary for feminist advocacy. Feminist advocacy based on the thesis of epistemic advantage. "thesis of epistemic advantage" - women are in a better position top know about the world than men, at least in certain areas of inquiry. More limited claims about the situatedness of knowledge. Instead of responding to the "masking" problem by defining objectivity as essentially partial, fe seeks to save a non- partial notion of objectivity. Cross-communication shared values and standards for rational communication. Still, feminists empiricists do not shy away from criticizing some existing scientific norms usually considered universal some existing scientific norms usually considered universal as deceptively androcentric. Feminist advocacy based on the complementarity between groups.

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