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Title: Su naturalismi e filosofie femministe in relazione a cognizione e conoscenza
Authors: Vassallo, Nicla
Keywords: naturalism
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Citation: Nicla Vassallo, "Su naturalismi e filosofie femministe in relazione a cognizione e conoscenza", in: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, XI (2009) 2, pp. 162-178.
Series/Report no.: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
XI (2009) 2
Abstract: Any attempt to evaluate a naturalistic feminist philosophy of cognition and knowledge must acknowledge that there are two distinct core approaches to naturalism (one more radical and well-interpreted by Quine, while the other more moderate and well-interpreted by Goldman). Classical feminist naturalizations of epistemology have drawn inspiration from the Quinean naturalization, they have inherited its defects – the major one: being compelled to renounce doing real epistemology in favor of a merely scientific enterprise. Notwithstanding, the merits of these feminist naturalizations are more than one: they embrace the idea that epistemology needs contributions and help from the sciences, they raise serious doubts about the best science to involve in feminist epistemologies, they contrast (even if implicit) our “local feminist philosophy” (that is, mostly Italian one) not only in its scorn for every science and its technological applications, but also in its conviction that there are essential differences between female/women and male/men about knowledge and cognition. I wish to propose a naturalized feminist epistemology which draws inspiration from the more moderate Goldmanian approach. Much work would be needed in order to combine those feminist approaches which believe in the individualism of the knowing subject with those that are anti–individualist. But, at least, taking inspiration from Goldman and his reliabilism, we may achieve a type of naturalism in feminist epistemologies, in which it would be feasible to understand the reliability of the cognitive faculties of the knowing subject and to understand scientifically whether or not there are differences between female and male faculties – avoiding any essentialist temptations.
ISSN: 1825-5167
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