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The Routledge Handbook of Feminist Philosophy of Science

ISBN 9781138579859
Published December 1, 2020 by Routledge
484 Pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

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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