Out from the Shadows: Analytical Feminist Contributions to Traditional Philosophy

Out from the Shadows: Analytical Feminist Contributions to Traditional Philosophy

Out from the Shadows: Analytical Feminist Contributions to Traditional Philosophy

Out from the Shadows: Analytical Feminist Contributions to Traditional Philosophy

Synopsis

Out from the Shadows showcases the work of 18 analytical feminists from a variety of traditional areas of philosophy: social and political philosophy, normative ethics, virtue theory, metaethics, philosophy of language, metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of science. The collection is unique both in its focus on analytical feminism and in its breadth across the subdisciplines within philosophy. The book highlights successful uses of concepts and approaches from traditional philosophy, and illustrates the contributions that feminist approaches have made and could make to the analysis of issues in key areas of traditional philosophy, while also demonstrating that traditional philosophy ignores feminist insights and feminist critiques of traditional philosophy at its own peril.

Excerpt

This collection has its roots in a conference organized by the editors on behalf of the Society for Analytical Feminism, held in Lexington, Kentucky, in April 2008. The goal of the Society, founded in 1993, is to promote analytical feminist work and to provide a forum for exchange of these ideas. Analytical feminists work in the analytical tradition, and apply feminist insights to it, or they use the methods of analytical philosophy to address explicitly feminist issues. In the early days, analytical feminists found themselves defending their methodology from feminist challenges and their feminism from detractors in the analytic tradition. But by 2008, feminist debates about fundamental concepts such as reason, objectivity, and truth had been taking place for some time, and many feminists had moved beyond them and worked squarely within analytical philosophy, unapologetically employing its methodology and many of its concepts, often in revised form. We decided that the time was ripe for a conference that would highlight this transition in feminist work and its impact on traditional philosophy. To this end, we organized the conference whose goal was that of its title: Analytical Feminist Contributions to Traditional Philosophy. The speakers were asked to write about how feminist philosophy done in an analytical way advanced the state of the area of philosophy in which they worked. The result was some two dozen or so excellent papers spanning most areas in philosophy, and vivacious discussions of a myriad of issues that these feminists believed needed addressing. Collectively, the discussions represented the current status of analytical feminist work, and one of our goals was to bring some of these ideas together into this collection. Some of the papers from the conference, in revised versions, appear here, but some of the essays in this volume were written independently of the conference and were included because they fit its theme. We believe they offer a comprehensive overview of analytical feminist contributions to traditional philosophy. A secondary goal of this anthology, one we believe to be equally as . . .

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