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A Philosophy of Science for the Twenty-First Century

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 January 2022


Two major reasons feminists are concerned with science relate to science's social effects: that science can be a powerful ally in the struggle for equality for women; and that all too frequently science has been a generator and perpetuator of inequality. This concern with the social effects of science leads feminists to a different mode of appraising science from the purely epistemic one prized by most contemporary philosophers of science. The upshot, I suggest, is a new program for philosophy of science, a program for a socially responsible philosophy of science.

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I would like to thank Marilyn Friedman, Don Howard, Philip Quinn, Alison Wylie, and an exceedingly conscientious and generous anonymous referee for very helpful comments and suggestions regarding my contributions to this dialogue, and also Ron Giere for his interest and willingness to participate. An earlier version of this first paper was presented at the 2001 Pacific Division American Philosophical Association symposium “What Does Feminism Contribute to the Philosophy of Science?”.


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