Feminist Interpretations of W. V. Quine

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271022949
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Series: Re-Reading the Canon
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Hankinson Nelson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

Jack Nelson is Professor of Philosophy and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of Washington, Tacoma.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Early Feminist Analyses of Quine
1 Who Knows: From Quine to Feminist Empiricism 59
2 Quine as Feminist: The Radical Import of Naturalized Epistemology 95
Pt. II Is Quine's "Naturalized Philosophy of Science" Philosophy of
3 A Case for a Responsibly Rationalized Feminist Epistemology 153
4 What Is Natural About Epistemology Naturalized? 173
5 Feminist Epistemology and Naturalized Epistemology: An Uneasy Alliance 205
6 Naturalizing Quine 241
Pt. III Explications, Expansions, and Revisions of Quinean Positions
7 Feminism and Naturalism: If Asked for Theories, Just Say 'No' 269
8 The Last Dogma of Empiricism? 307
9 Feminist Epistemology Naturalized 335
10 Quine and Feminist Theory 365
11 Feminist Naturalized Philosophy of Science 385
Bibliography 417
Index 420
Contributors 434
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