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Pragmatism and Embodiment as Resources for Feminist Interventions in Science

Pragmatism and Embodiment as Resources for Feminist Interventions in Science Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 10, No. 2 (December 2013), 121­134 Editions Rodopi ©2013 Feminist theorists have shown that knowledge is embodied in ways that make a difference in science. Intemann properly endorses feminist standpoint theory over Longino's empiricism, insofar as the former better addresses embodiment. I argue that a pragmatist analysis further improves standpoint theory. Pragmatism avoids the radical subjectivity that otherwise leaves us unable to account for our ability to share scientific knowledge across bodies of different kinds. It allows us to argue for the inclusion, not just of the knowledge produced from marginalized bodies, but of marginalized people themselves. 1. Introduction Feminist philosopher of science and archaeologist Alison Wylie has analyzed the growth in the late 1980s of a meta-research programme revealing of sexist/ ethnocentric neglect or misreading of data within mainstream archaeological studies. Examples are human skeletal remains from Australia mistakenly presumed to be male because of their "robustness" relative to current notions of (white) womanly form in western industrialized nations, and edgewear patterns in stone tools misattributed to the technological needs of (presumed male) hunters, now found to be explained better by foraging activities (presumed to be associated with females), activities that have since come http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

Pragmatism and Embodiment as Resources for Feminist Interventions in Science

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 10 (2): 121 – Apr 21, 2013

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© Copyright 2013 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1572-3429
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Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 10, No. 2 (December 2013), 121­134 Editions Rodopi ©2013 Feminist theorists have shown that knowledge is embodied in ways that make a difference in science. Intemann properly endorses feminist standpoint theory over Longino's empiricism, insofar as the former better addresses embodiment. I argue that a pragmatist analysis further improves standpoint theory. Pragmatism avoids the radical subjectivity that otherwise leaves us unable to account for our ability to share scientific knowledge across bodies of different kinds. It allows us to argue for the inclusion, not just of the knowledge produced from marginalized bodies, but of marginalized people themselves. 1. Introduction Feminist philosopher of science and archaeologist Alison Wylie has analyzed the growth in the late 1980s of a meta-research programme revealing of sexist/ ethnocentric neglect or misreading of data within mainstream archaeological studies. Examples are human skeletal remains from Australia mistakenly presumed to be male because of their "robustness" relative to current notions of (white) womanly form in western industrialized nations, and edgewear patterns in stone tools misattributed to the technological needs of (presumed male) hunters, now found to be explained better by foraging activities (presumed to be associated with females), activities that have since come

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Published: Apr 21, 2013

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