Feminist Standpoint Theory Revisited. Susan Hekman. I N , THE PUBLICATION of Nancy Hartsock. Sex, and Power changed the landscape of feminist theo. Feminist standpoint theory, then, makes a contribution to epistemology, within a number of disciplines—such as Dorothy Smith, Nancy Hartsock, Hilary Rose. Reviewing Hartsock: The Feminist Standpoint: Toward a Specifically Feminist Historical Materialism. Hartsock looks to answer the general.

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What is a Standpoint?

A Matter of Language. While violence against women remains an ongoing challenge and tragedy, women have derived epistemic advantage from the conceptual resources and clearer understanding of violence that has been afforded to them within feminist standpoints.

The Feminist Standpoint

To accomplish this a socialist revolution would be necessary. It is not clear where this idea of mansplaining began but a common idea is that this kind of activity has been around for hqrtsock. Barriers can be maintained by making the other the female into a thing Objective enquiry modelled thus requires trust—we need to trust others truthfully to reveal aspects of reality.

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Standpoint feminism – Wikipedia

Distinctive tenets of contemporary black feminist thought include: Boys cleanly resolve this crisis, whereas girls are much more likely to retain both parents as love objects. Thus some women professionals emphasize only those characteristics considered valuable in their professional context, allowing themselves to be women and feminist only in private contexts.

By starting inquiry from the lived experiences of women and others who have been traditionally outside of the institutions in which knowledge about social life is generated and classified, more objective and more relevant knowledge can be produced.


Its advocates, as much as its critics, disagree vehemently about its parentage, its status as a theory, and crucially, its relevance to current thinking about knowledge. Rollins, meanwhile, argues that the bias paradox arises out of a foundationalist framework: For instance, such questions might address issues such as violence against women—why is it so prevalent in so many societies against women of all classes and races, and why are women so often blamed for it?

Consider femiinist following example offered by Terri Elliot:. These dualisms are overlaid by gender: According to this idea, women are seen as inferior to men. Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. The works of Mary Prince and Mary Seacole are the more commonly known writings today.

Nancy Hartsock, The Feminist Standpoint – PhilPapers

Harding argues that standpoint theory imposes a rigorous logic of discovery involving a strong demand for ongoing reflection and self-critique from within a standpoint, enabling the justification of socially-situated knowledge claims. It has been one of the most influential and debated theories to emerge from second-wave feminist thinking.

With regard to the idea that the reconceptualization of objectivity represents a retreat from modernity, rationality and science [Walby, It is an achievement.

Duke University Press, Retrieved March 9, In this essay Solnit did not use the gartsock mansplaining but talked about the experience she had where a male explained a book to her, which she had actually written. A concise glossary of feminist theory. Women’s suffrage Muslim countries US. Science Logic and Mathematics. Following Marxist tradition in rejecting liberal hte that social and historical factors are irrelevant to epistemic questions, central tenets of feminist standpoint theories include their recognition of the role of social and historical location in shaping epistemic agents and their knowledge, and an embrace of that location as a potentially valuable contribution to knowledge.


From the outset, then, feminist epistemologies seem to be located within the contradictory pull of the politicized material and experiential concerns of feminism and the abstract universal concerns of epistemology. From there, the term slowly increased and gained popularity through feminist blogs. The establishment of a standpoint is the political achievement of those whose social location forms its starting point; it is not merely ascribed from beyond that location.

On the one hand, it is claimed that there is no standpoint-neutral vantage point from which to make judgements about the relative epistemic superiority of certain standpoints over other ways of knowing the world; while on the other it is claimed that marginalized standpoints are, indeed, epistemically better than the epistemic positions of the non-marginalized.

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Catherine Hundleby – – Philosophy in Review 21 4: Science and Values in General Philosophy of Science categorize this paper.