© 1983

Discovering Reality

Feminist Perspectives on Epistemology, Metaphysics, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science

  • Sandra Harding
  • Merrill B. Hintikka

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 161)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Elizabeth V. Spelman
    Pages 17-30
  3. Ruth Hub Bard
    Pages 45-69
  4. Michael Gross, Mary Beth Averill
    Pages 71-95
  5. Louise Marcil-Lacoste
    Pages 121-137
  6. Merrill B. Hintikka, Jaakko Hintikka
    Pages 139-148
  7. Janice Moulton
    Pages 149-164
  8. Kathryn Pyne Addelson
    Pages 165-186
  9. Evelyn Fox Keller
    Pages 187-205
  10. Evelyn Fox Keller, Christine R. Grontkowski
    Pages 207-224
  11. Naomi Scheman
    Pages 225-244
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 325-332

About this book


Are Western epistemology, metaphysics, methodology and the philosophy of science grounded only in men's distinctive understandings of themselves, others, and nature? Does this less than human understanding distort our models of reason and of scientific inquiry? In different ways, the papers in this collection explore the evidence for these increasingly reasonable and intriguing questions. They identify how it is distinctively masculine perspectives on masculine experience which have shaped the most fundamental and formal aspects of systematic thought in philosophy and the natural and social sciences - precisely the aspects of thought believed most gender-neutral. They show how these understandings ground Aristotle's biology and metaphysics; the very definition of the problems of philosophy in Plato, Descartes, Hobbes and Rousseau; the `adversary method' which is the paradigm of philosophic and scientific reasoning; principles of individuation in philosophical ontology and the philosophy of language; individualistic assumptions in psychology; functionalism in sociological and biological theory; evolutionary theory; the methodology of political science; Marxist political economy; and conceptions of `objective inquiry' in the social and natural sciences. These essays also begin to identify for us the distictive aspects of women's experience which can provide the resources needed for the creation of a truly human understanding.
Audience: The book will be of interest to those involved in epistemology, and philosophy of the natural and social sciences, as well as feminist scholars in philosophy. The work will also be of value for theorists, methodologists, and feminist scholars in the natural and social sciences.


Gender biology philosophy of science science

Editors and affiliations

  • Sandra Harding
    • 1
  • Merrill B. Hintikka
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of PhilosophyUniversity of DelawareUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of PhilosophyFlorida State UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Discovering Reality
  • Book Subtitle Feminist Perspectives on Epistemology, Metaphysics, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science
  • Editors Sandra Harding
    Merrill B.P. Hintikka
  • Series Title Synthese Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-1496-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-277-1538-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-306-48017-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 332
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
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