Feminist Interpretations of W. V. Quine

Feminist Interpretations of W. V. Quine

by Lynn Hankinson Nelson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0271022949

ISBN-13: 9780271022949

Pub. Date: 07/28/2003

Publisher: Penn State University Press

As one of the preeminent philosophers of the twentieth century, W. V. Quine (1908-2000) made groundbreaking contributions to the philosophy of science, mathematical logic, and the philosophy of language. This collection of essays examines Quine's views, particularly his holism and naturalism, for their value (and their limitations) to feminist theorizing today.

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As one of the preeminent philosophers of the twentieth century, W. V. Quine (1908-2000) made groundbreaking contributions to the philosophy of science, mathematical logic, and the philosophy of language. This collection of essays examines Quine's views, particularly his holism and naturalism, for their value (and their limitations) to feminist theorizing today.

Some contributors to this volume see Quine as severely challenging basic tenets of the logico-empiricist tradition in the philosophy of science -- the analytic/synthetic distinction, verificationism, foundationalism -- and accept various of his positions as potential resources for feminist critique. Other contributors regard Quine as an unrepentant empiricist and, unlike feminists who seek to use or extend his arguments, they interpret his positions as far less radical and more problematic. In particular, critics and advocates of Quine's arguments that the philosophy of science should be "naturalized" -- understood and pursued as an enterprise continuous with the sciences proper -- disagree deeply about whether such a naturalized philosophy is "philosophy enough." Central issues at stake in these disagreements reflect current questions of special interest to feminists and also bridge the analytic and postmodern traditions. They include questions about whether and how the philosophy of science, as a form of practice, is or can be normative, as well as questions concerning the implications of Quine's philosophy of language for the transparency and stability of meaning. In representing feminist philosophy centrally engaged with the analytic tradition, this volume is important not only for what it contributes to the understanding of Quine and naturalized epistemology but also for what it accomplishes in working against restrictive conceptions of the place of feminism within the discipline.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271022949
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Series:
Re-Reading the Canon
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.28(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Prefaceix
Introduction1
Part IEarly Feminist Analyses of Quine
1Who Knows: From Quine to Feminist Empiricism (1990)59
2Quine as Feminist: The Radical Import of Naturalized Epistemology (1994)95
Part IIIs Quine's "Naturalized Philosophy of Science" Philosophy of Science Enough?
3A Case for a Responsibly Rationalized Feminist Epistemology153
4What Is Natural About Epistemology Naturalized?173
5Feminist Epistemology and Naturalized Epistemology: An Uneasy Alliance205
6Naturalizing Quine241
Part IIIExplications, Expansions, and Revisions of Quinean Positions
7Feminism and Naturalism: If Asked for Theories, Just Say 'No'269
8The Last Dogma of Empiricism?307
9Feminist Epistemology Naturalized335
10Quine and Feminist Theory365
11Feminist Naturalized Philosophy of Science385
Bibliography417
Index420
Contributors434

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