1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Feminist Philosophy of Science

Edited By Sharon Crasnow, Kristen Intemann Copyright 2021
    484 Pages
    by Routledge

    484 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Feminist Philosophy of Science is a comprehensive resource for feminist thinking about and in the sciences. Its 33 chapters were written exclusively for this Handbook by a group of leading international philosophers as well as scholars in gender studies, women’s studies, psychology, economics, and political science.

    The chapters of the Handbook are organized into four main parts:

    I. Hidden Figures and Historical Critique

    II. Theoretical Frameworks

    III. Key Concepts and Issues

    IV. Feminist Philosophy of Science in Practice.

    The chapters in this extensive, fourth part examine the relevance of feminist philosophical thought for a range of scientific and professional disciplines, including biology and biomedical sciences; psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience; the social sciences; physics; and public policy.

    The Handbook gives a snapshot of the current state of feminist philosophy of science, allowing students and other newcomers to get up to speed quickly in the subfield and providing a handy reference for many different kinds of researchers.

    Sharon Crasnow and Kristen Intemann

    Part I: Hidden Figures and Historical Critique

    1. The Origins of Philosophy and Science in Ancient Greece: Material Culture and the Scarcity of Women
    Joanne Waugh
    2. Margaret Cavendish and the New Science: "Boys that play with watery bubbles or fling dust into each other’s eyes, or make a hobbyhorse of snow"
    Marcy Lascano
    3. Emilie Du Châtelet: Feminism, Epistemology and Natural Philosophy
    Karen Detlefsen
    4. The Rocket Women of India: Eight Women Scientists and Their Roles in the 2014 Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM)
    Deepanwita Dasgupta
    5. Women’s Contributions to the Philosophy of Science: A Bibliometric Analysis
    Evelyn Brister and Dan Hicks

    Part II: Frameworks
    6. Feminist Empiricism
    Kirstin Borgerson
    7. Thinking Outside-In: Feminist Standpoint Theory as Epistemology, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science Cate Hundleby
    8. Latin American Decolonial Feminist Philosophy of Knowledge Production
    Sandra Harding and Breny Mendoza
    9. Sciences of Consent: Indigenous Knowledge, Governance Value, and Responsibility
    Kyle Whyte
    10. Queer Science Studies/Queer Science
    Kristina Gupta and David Rubin
    11. Naturalizing and Denaturalizing Impairment and Disability in Philosophy and Feminist Philosophy of Science
    Shelley Tremain
    12. Epistemic Vices and Feminist Philosophies of Science
    Ian James Kidd
    13. "Where are all of the Pragmatist Feminist Philosophers of Science?"
    Sharyn Clough and Nancy McHugh

    Part III. Key concepts and Issues
    14. Is Sex Socially Constructed?
    Catherine Clune-Taylor
    15. Feminist Perspectives on Values in Science
    Kristen Intemann
    16. Situated Knowledge and Objectivity
    Kristina Rolin
    17. Ignorance, Science, and Feminis
    Manuela Fernández Pinto
    18. How the Facts Might Give Us Socially Responsible Science
    Janet Kourany
    19. Feminist Science for the People: Feminist approaches to public understanding of science and science il\literacy– Sara Giordano

    Part IV. Feminist Philosophy of Science in Practice
    Biology and Biomedical Sciences
    20. Feminist Philosophy of Biology
    Lynn Hankinson Nelson
    21. Observing Primates: Gender, Power, and Knowledge in Primatology
    Maria Botero
    22. The Gendered Nature of Reprogenetic Technologies
    Inmaculada de Melo-Martin
    Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Neuroscience
    23. What’s Wrong with (Narrow) Evolutionary Psychology
    Letitia Meynell
    24. Neurosexism and Our Understanding of Sex Differences in the Brain
    Robyn Bluhm
    25. Feminism and Cognitive Neuroscience
    Vanessa Bentley
    26. Implementing Intersectionality in Psychology with Quantitative Methods
    Nicole M. Else-Quest and Janet Shibley Hyde
    Social Science
    27. Feminist Economics
    Drucilla K. Barker and Edith Kuiper
    28. Feminist Methodology in the Social Sciences
    Sharon Crasnow
    29. Feminist Approaches to Concepts and Conceptualization: Towards Better Science and Policy
    Amy Mazur
    The Physical Sciences
    30. What is it like to be a woman in philosophy of physics?
    Laura Ruetsche
    31. Inclusivity in Engineering Education
    Donna Reilly
    Public Policy
    32. Rethinking Debates About Pediatric Vaccine Safety: A Feminist View
    Maya Goldenberg
    33. The Hard Sell of Genetically Engineered (GE) Mosquitoes with Gene Drives as the Solution to Malaria: Ethical, Political, Epistemic, and Epidemiological Issues in Global Health Governance
    Zahra Meghani


    Sharon Crasnow is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emerita, Norco College in Norco, California, USA and Associate Researcher at the Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS) at Durham University, UK. She co-edited Out from the Shadows: Analytical Feminist Contributions to Traditional Philosophy (2012). She currently co-edits the Lexington book series Feminist Strategies.

    Kristen Intemann is a Professor of Philosophy and the Director for the Center for Science, Technology, Ethics & Society at Montana State University, USA. Her recent book, co-authored with Inmaculada de Melo-Martin, is The Fight Against Doubt: How To Bridge the Gap Between Scientists and the Public (2018).

    "Invaluable and inspiring. This up-to-date, accessible, and comprehensive Handbook showcases the breadth of feminist contributions to philosophical studies at the nexus of science, power, social relations, and ethics."
    Sarah S. Richardson, Harvard University, USA

    "This outstanding volume amasses a wealth of diverse voices and topics within feminist philosophy of science. It will serve as a rich resource for both those curious about how feminism intersects with philosophy of science and those familiar with the field who want to explore its most recent developments and the many fresh topics that have found a home within the field. Readers will find within its pages a cornucopia of insightful reflections on the variety of ways in which feminists have contributed to philosophy of science and harnessed it to take up specific issues of feminist concern."
    Heidi Grasswick, Middlebury College, USA