Jane Duran's Worlds of Knowing begins to fill an enormous gap in the literature of feminist epistemology: a wide-ranging, cross-cultural primer on worldviews and epistemologies of various cultures and their appropriations by indigenous feminist movements in those cultures. It is the much needed epistemological counterpart to work on cross-cultural feminist social and political philosophy. This project is absolutely breath-taking in scope, yet a manageable read for anyone with some background in feminist theory, history, or anthropology. Duran draws many comparisons and connections to Western philosophical and feminist ideas, yet avoids facile or imperialistic over-universalization. Her book is powerful, comprehensive, Pnd brave. It will prove an enormously useful resource for scholars in women's studies, philosophy, anthropology, religious studies and history.
Jane Duran is a Fellow in the Philosophy Department and a Lecturer in the Humanities at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Philosophies of Science/Feminist Theories (1997).
"the ideal person to write a book on global feminist epistemologies. Her approach is historical and sociological as well as philosophical. The breadth and depth as well as the originality of Duran's book cannot be overemphasized." -- Rosemarie Tong, author of Feminine and Feminist Ethics
"This book is very valuable for its useful information about women from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives." -- Michelle Renee Matisons
"Those looking for a clear statement of contemporary work under the rubric of feminist philosophy should find this work very useful." -- Joanne B. Waugh, University of South Florida