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dc.contributor.authorAshton, Natalie Alanaen_UK
dc.contributor.editorCrețu, Ana-Mariaen_UK
dc.contributor.editorMassimi, Michelaen_UK
dc.description.abstractDefences of perspectival realism are motivated, in part, by an attempt to find a middle ground between the realist intuition that science seems to tell us a true story about the world, and the Kuhnian intuition that scientific knowledge is historically and culturally situated. The first intuition pulls us towards a traditional, absolutist scientific picture, and the second towards a relativist one. Thus, perspectival realism can be seen as an attempt to secure situated knowledge without entailing epistemic relativism. A very similar motivation is behind feminist standpoint theory, a view which aims to capture the idea that knowledge is socially situated, whilst retaining some kind of absolutism. Elsewhere I argue that the feminist project fails to achieve this balance; its commitment to situated knowledge unavoidably entails epistemic relativism (though of an unproblematic kind), which allows them to achieve all of their feminist goals. In this paper I will explore whether the same arguments apply to perspectival realism. And so I will be asking whether perspectival realism too is committed to an unproblematic kind of relativism, capable of achieving scientific goals; or, whether it succeeds in carving out a third view, between or beyond the relativism/absolutism dichotomy.en_UK
dc.relationAshton NA (2020) Scientific Perspectives, Feminist Standpoints, and Non-silly Relativism. In: Crețu A & Massimi M (eds.) Knowledge from a Human Point of View. Synthese Library: Studies in Epistemology, Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science, 416. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, pp. 71-85.
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSynthese Library: Studies in Epistemology, Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science, 416en_UK
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dc.subjectFeminist standpoint theoryen_UK
dc.subjectFeminist epistemologyen_UK
dc.subjectPerspectival realismen_UK
dc.titleScientific Perspectives, Feminist Standpoints, and Non-silly Relativismen_UK
dc.typePart of book or chapter of booken_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.citation.btitleKnowledge from a Human Point of Viewen_UK
dc.publisher.addressCham, Switzerlanden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Viennaen_UK
rioxxterms.typeBook chapteren_UK
local.rioxx.authorAshton, Natalie Alana|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
local.rioxx.contributorCrețu, Ana-Maria|en_UK
local.rioxx.contributorMassimi, Michela|en_UK
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