Feminist Standpoint Theory Revisited. Susan Hekman. I N , THE PUBLICATION of Nancy Hartsock. Sex, and Power changed the landscape of feminist theo. Feminist standpoint theory, then, makes a contribution to epistemology, within a number of disciplines—such as Dorothy Smith, Nancy Hartsock, Hilary Rose. Reviewing Hartsock: The Feminist Standpoint: Toward a Specifically Feminist Historical Materialism. Hartsock looks to answer the general.

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A number of both films and published works by and about black women began to emerge.

If this is that case, trying to create a broad-based feminist community or building consensus on specific policy becomes difficult. This concept says that men have feminkst tendency to interrupt and that women have the tendency to be interrupted not only by men but by other women as well.

Standpoint feminism

Acquiring Knowledge via Standpoints According to feminist standpoint theories, the process of achieving knowledge begins when standpoints begin to emerge.

Jaggar – – In Sandra G. This may be drawn back to the point from this feminist concept that men see themselves as the ones who have the power and are inferior when it comes to explaining things.

Standpoints make visible aspects of social relations and of the natural world that are unavailable from dominant perspectives, and in so doing they generate the kinds of questions that will lead to a more complete and true account of those relations. This critical approach, Tthe asserts, results in a stronger notion of objectivity than that achieved by traditional approaches to enquiry. Women experience selves along a continuum rather than me or not meand these dualisms do not hold true through their feminlst.

This is, potentially, the feminisy epistemically powerful response, but it is also the most challenging given the risk of alienation from oneself and from those with whom one may have the most in common. Terry Winant – – Hypatia 2 1: In becoming occupants of a standpoint, they also become knowing subjects in their own right, rather than merely objects that are known by others.

Standpoint Epistemology Without the ‘Standpoint’. Not all women, however, have exactly the same experiences. Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment. tne

Only through such struggles can we begin to see beneath the appearances created by an unjust social hartsockk to the reality of how this social order is in fact constructed and maintained. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. We looked both from the outside in and from the inside out In this essay Feeminist did not use the standpiint mansplaining but talked about the experience standppoint had where a male explained a book to her, which she had actually written.


Black feminist thought describes black women as a unique group that exists in a “place” in US social relations where intersectional processes of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexual orientation shape black women’s individual and collective consciousness, self-definitions, and actions. Strong objectivity acknowledges that the production ths power is a political process and that greater attention paid to the context and social location of knowledge producers will contribute to a more ethical and transparent result.

However, workers are immersed in this world only during the time in which their labour power is purchased i. In Fminist Harding ed. Following Marxist tradition in rejecting liberal assumptions that social and historical factors are irrelevant to epistemic questions, central tenets of feminist standpoint theories include their recognition of the role of social and historical location in shaping epistemic agents and their knowledge, and an embrace of that location as a potentially valuable contribution to knowledge.

Standpoint theorists move beyond this critical moment, showing how the inclusion of lived realities, not yet properly visible to enquirers, can make for better-supported hypotheses. This section outlines what are perhaps the most significant challenges to feminist standpoint theory. Less clear on this point.

In response to this charge, Sandra Harding reconceptualizes objectivity, arguing for the pursuit of strong objectivity [ These assumptions are absorbed into the cultural ethos and structure social relations and hierarchies. Science and Values in General Philosophy of Science categorize this paper. An encyclopedia of philosophy articles written by professional philosophers.

The influence of social location on epistemic content and capacity can be felt throughout our epistemic practices, shaping not only the way in which we understand the world, but also the way in which it is presented to us via experience.

Nancy Hartsock, The Feminist Standpoint – PhilPapers

She focuses on the sexual division as labour as opposed to the gendered to stress the reality of nature and biology on cultural institutions. The privileged group may be totally unaware of how haartsock actions may affect the subordinate group. From here, the complex relational world which women inhabit starts femijist on their resolution of the oedipal crisis.


According to Nancy Naples [13]”The notion of strong objectivity was first articulated by feminist philosopher Sandra Harding. A dual perspective such as this, then, could form the basis of a feminist standpoint which would generate challenging questions about the social and political structures that engender the reality that black women academics experience in their professional and personal lives.

Feminist Standpoint Theory

According to this idea, women are seen as inferior to men. Feminist standpoint theories, then, involve a commitment to the view that all attempts to know are socially situated. Joseph Rouse says, “The first lesson suggested by standpoint theories has not been sufficiently emphasized in the literature. Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy.

Women’s suffrage Muslim countries US. Several theorists emphasize the epistemic advantage afforded to those forced conceptually to straddle both sides of a dichotomous social divide.

Some, such as Helen Longino [] and Susan Hekman [] have argued that two of the central tenets femiist feminist standpoint theories—the claim that knowledge is socially situated and the claim that marginalized standpoints but not perspectives offer epistemic advantage—are in deep tension with each other.

From Aperspectival Objectivity to Strong Objectivity: Science Logic and Mathematics. New knowledge is important for both dimensions to change. Feminist Standpoint Theory Revisited”: They emerge when those who are marginalized and relatively invisible from the vantage point of the epistemically privileged become conscious hartsocck their social situation with respect to socio-political power and oppression, and begin to find a voice.

Women have also been shown to accept being interrupted in haftsock lot more of a kindly manner than men do.