Feminist Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (3217/5217)

Feminist Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (3217/5217)

Time: Monday 3:00-5:30 (Spring 2019)

Professor: Miriam Solomon

CRN: Undergrad: 37747 Grad: 37753

Course description: This course explores he effects of gender on knowledge in general and science in particular. Feminist critiques since the 1970s challenge traditional claims that knowledge and science are completely objective and unbiased. Unlike relativist approaches, feminist critiques often provide new, more nuanced accents of objectivity (sometimes called “strong objectivity”). We will examine a range of feminist accounts (e.g. feminist standpoint, feminist postmodern and feminist empiricist) and look at cases from a wide range of sciences. The complex relations between gender, race, class, and nationality will also be discussed in relation to these issues. For graduate students in philosophy, this course satisfies the distribution requirement in epistemology/metaphysics.