Philosophy of Science after Feminism

by Janet A. (Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame) Kourany

Part of the STU FEMINIST Series

Philosophy of Science after Feminism Synopsis

In this monograph Janet A. 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.

Philosophy of Science after Feminism Press Reviews

Kouranys ease with the history and (particularly 20th-century) philosophy of science allow her to fill the pages of her book with an impressive breadth and diversity of examples ... Kouranys generally optimistic approach creates an interesting and fruitful tension ... This is an excellent introduction to philosophy of science as a challenged and challenging terrain, and a rallying call for the return, or proliferation, of the public intellectual. * Anna Mudde, Philosophy in Review *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780199732616
Publication date: 28th October 2010
Author: Janet A. (Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame) Kourany
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 168 pages
Categories: Philosophy of science, Social & political philosophy, Feminism & feminist theory,

About Janet A. (Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame) Kourany

Janet Kourany is Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame

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