Feminism and Philosophy of Science: An Introduction by E. Potter Elizabeth Potter

By E. Potter Elizabeth Potter

Reflecting upon the hot progress of curiosity in feminist rules of philosophy of technology, this booklet strains the improvement of the topic in the confines of feminist philosophy. it's designed to introduce the newcomer to the most principles that shape the topic region to be able to equipping scholars with all of the significant arguments and standpoints required to appreciate this burgeoning quarter of study.

Arranged thematically, the book looks on the spectrum of perspectives that experience arisen within the debate. it really is greatly prepared into sections facing techniques corresponding to the suggestion of worth free-science, values, objectivity, standpoint and relativism, but in addition info the various subsidiary rules that experience sprung from those topics.

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1977, p. 92) – results obviously undermining Geschwind and Behan’s claim that the differential development supported their hypothesis. . Considered in isolation, Geschwind and Behan’s hypothesis does seem unwarranted. But the methodological principles I advocate lead to a different assessment. According to the first, the evidence for a hypothesis or research program includes both direct empirical success (the successful prediction and explanation of relevant data) and how the hypothesis or program is integrated into other accepted theories and research, inclusive of those informed by or expressive of values and sociopolitical assumptions.

Harding offers many arguments to show that women have distinctive standpoints on the natural world. In Section 6, we set out some of these arguments and, in Section 7, we explore her discussion of the ways in which the standpoints of women can serve as resources for the sciences. ” She argues that the experiences and lives of women (and of marginalized men), as they understand them, provide scientific problems to be explained and research agendas that differ from the problems that appear in dominant frameworks.

266). ’s results and hypothesis to humans by appeal to Chi et al. (1977) which reported that two convolutions of the right hemisphere of human fetal brains develop several weeks earlier than do corresponding convolutions of the left. Geschwind and Behan suggested that the differential development Chi et al. reported was caused by testosterone. Two years later, Geschwind and Behan appealed to a study in empirical psychology reporting “a marked excess of males” among mathematically gifted children as additional evidence that testosterone causes right-hemisphere dominance (Geschwind and Behan 1984, p.

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