Article

Situating Feminist Epistemology

Citation

Ashton NA & McKenna R (2020) Situating Feminist Epistemology. Episteme, 17 (1), pp. 28-47. https://doi.org/10.1017/epi.2018.11

Abstract
Feminist epistemologies hold that differences in the social locations of inquirers make for epistemic differences, for instance, in the sorts of things that inquirers are justified in believing. In this paper we situate this core idea in feminist epistemologies with respect to debates about social constructivism. We address three questions. First, are feminist epistemologies committed to a form of social constructivism about knowledge? Second, to what extent are they incompatible with traditional epistemological thinking? Third, do the answers to these questions raise serious problems for feminist epistemologies? We argue that some versions of two of the main strands in feminist epistemology – feminist standpoint theory and feminist empiricism – are committed to a form of social constructivism, which requires certain departures from traditional epistemological thinking. But we argue that these departures are less problematic than one might think. Thus, (some) feminist epistemologies provide a plausible way of understanding how (some) knowledge might be socially constructed.

Journal
Episteme: Volume 17, Issue 1

StatusPublished
Publication date31/03/2020
Publication date online10/04/2018
Date accepted by journal12/11/2017
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/30219
PublisherCambridge University Press (CUP)
ISSN1742-3600
eISSN1750-0117