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Author Code, Lorraine.
Title Ecological thinking : the politics of epistemic location / Lorraine Code.
Imprint Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.

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Author Code, Lorraine.
Series Studies in feminist philosophy
Studies in feminist philosophy.
Subject Knowledge, Sociology of.
Alt Name Oxford University Press.
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 322 pages) : illustrations.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-304) and index.
Summary Arguing that ecological thinking can animate an epistemology capable of addressing feminist, multicultural, and other post-colonial concerns, this book critiques the instrumental rationality, hyperbolized autonomy, abstract individualism, and exploitation of people and places that western epistemologies of mastery have legitimated. It proposes a politics of epistemic location, sensitive to the interplay of particularity and diversity, and focused on responsible epistemic practices. Starting from an epistemological approach implicit in Rachel Carson's scientific projects, the book draws, constructively and critically, on ecological theory and practice, on (post-Quinean) naturalized epistemology, and on feminist and post-colonial theory. Analyzing extended examples from developmental psychology, from medicine and law, and from circumstances where vulnerability, credibility, and public trust are at issue, the argument addresses the constitutive part played by an instituted social imaginary in shaping and regulating human lives. The practices and examples discussed invoke the responsibility requirements central to this text's larger purpose of imagining, crafting, articulating a creative, innovative, instituting social imaginary, committed to interrogating entrenched hierarchical social structures, en route to enacting principles of ideal cohabitation.
Contents Ecological thinking: subversions and transformations -- Ecological naturalism -- Negotiating empiricism -- Ecological subjectivity in the making: "The child as fact and artifact" -- Patterns of autonomy, acknowledgment, and advocacy -- Rational imagining, responsible knowing -- Public knowledge, public trust: toward Democratic epistemic practices.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 0195159438 (alk. paper)
9780195159431 (alk. paper)
0195159446 (alk. paper)
9780195159448 (alk. paper)
9780198036135 (electronic bk.)
0198036132 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 123131675
Additional Format Ecological thinking. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2006 0195159438 (OCoLC)60972154

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