Bibliographical Request

The Request:

Can anyone suggest feminist work written in the last ten years that discusses how important one’s community is for one’s developing knowledge?   That is, the importance of the community in offering corrections, new material and providing alternative perspectives, etc. in the creation or development of the knowledge.  I’ve thinking here of the fairly local community, without wanting to dismiss the very fine feminist work on including the developing world in knowledge communities.


10 thoughts on “Bibliographical Request

  1. Thanks. She does have a great book in the early 2000’s. I had searched under her name, since I think of her work in this area as ground-breaking, and didn’t find it until today.

    By the way, Libby Potter’s book on feminist philosophy of science has a second edition that is available on kindle! One of the few feminist books that is.

  2. Two references who come quickly to mind are:

    Miriam Solomon – on social empiricism, and

    Lorraine Code – on ecological thinking.

    I believe there is much more, but I think you might be off to an excellent start.

  3. Actually, this is discussed too in Race and Epistemologies of Ignorance. That’s only been out a couple of years.

  4. Thought of a couple more. There’s also a discussion of community in Code’s work by Heidi Grasswick in the article “From Feminist Thinking to Ecological Thinking: Determining the Bounds of Community.” Also by Grasswick, “Individuals-in-Communities: The Search for a Feminist Model of Epistemic Subjects.”

  5. Miranda Fricker, Epistemic injustice et al. She writes more about how excluding people from the epistemic community does harm, but it’s certainly relevant.

    Similarly, perhaps also some of the chapters in Proctor and Schiebinger’s anthology Agnotology — the ones by Nancy Tuana, Londa Schiebinger, and Alison Wylie especially. You might also try looking up other things by those writers.

    Janet Kourany’s just had a book published — Philosophy of science after feminism. I haven’t read it yet (it just came today), but flipping through one chapter looks like a quick but broad survey of the feminist philosophy of science literature, both classic and contemporary. Also, there was an announcement at the PSA earlier this month that Synthese is going to be publishing an issue on the history and contributions of feminist philosophy of science. (Or something like that, and I don’t recall any announcement of when.) These might be good places to look for important recent work.

  6. Did my suggested references for Code and Solomon offend anyone?

    (Of course, the reason that there is a discussion of community in Grasswick’s article on Code’s work involves the content and relevance of Code’s work itself.)

  7. I think Susan Babbitt’s 1996 book would be relevant (though it’s over 10 years old now): Impossible Dreams: Rationality, Integrity, and Moral Imagination.

  8. I was sorry to see I haven’t thanked you all for these excellent suggestions; I’m using them and finding also helpful in expanding the list.

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