A book of tremendous influence when it first appeared, A Mind of One's Own reminded readers that the tradition of Western philosophy-- in particular, the ideals of reason and objectivity-- has come down to us from white males, nearly all of whom are demonstrably sexist, even misogynist. In this second edition, the original authors continue to ask, What are the implications of this fact for contemporary feminists working within this tradition? The second edition pursues this question about the value of reason and objectivity in new directions using the fresh perspectives and diverse viewpoints of the new generation of feminist philosophers. A Mind of One's Own is essential reading and an essential reference for philosophers and for all scholars and students concerned about the nature of knowledge and our pursuit of it.
HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY: 1 Feminism and Aristotle's Rational Ideal, 2 Cartesian Reason and Gendered Reason, 3 Hume: The Reflective Women's Epistemologist? 4 Could It Be Worth Thinking About Kant on Sex and Marriage? 5 Maleness, Metaphor, and the "Crisis" of Reason, EPISTEMOLOGY: 6 Essential Tensions-Phase Two: Feminist, Philosophical, and Social Studies of Science, 7 Quine as Feminist: The Radical Import of Naturalized Epistemology, 8 The Politics of Credibility, 9 Though This Be Method, Yet There Is Madness in It: Paranoia and Liberal Epistemology, METAPHYSICS: 10 On Being Objective and Being Objectified, 11 Generalizing Gender: Reason and Essence in the Legal Thought of Catharine MacKinnon, 12 MacKinnon's Critique of Objectivity, 13 Feminist Metaphysics, 14 Resurrecting Embodiment: Toward a Feminist Materialism,SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY: 15 Feminist Contractarianism, 16 Should Feminists Reject Rational Choice Theory? 17 Rational Choice Theory and the Lessons of Feminism, 18 Minds of Their Own: Choices, Autonomy, Cultural Practices, and Other Women,