Sandra Harding at Oxford

Sandra Harding will be speaking in Oxford on Feminist Standpoint Epistemology, Objectivity and Diversity in Oxford on 4th and 5th May.

Everyone is welcome, but Sandra would particularly like to meet and engage with postgrads and ECRs.

5.00 Thursday 4th May, Examination Schools, University of Oxford

Public lecture:  ‘After Mr. Nowhere: New Proper Philosophic Selfs?’

The lecture will expand on the themes in the last chapter of her Objectivity and Diversity.

Abstract: Contemporary analytic philosophy has modeled itself on distinctive characteristics of modern Western sciences: in its initial formulations, it was to be a “scientific philosophy.”  Its objectivity, and thus its intellectual and social value, was defined in terms of its freedom from social and political values. Yet the new social movements emerging since the 1960’s, such as poor peoples’ movements, civil rights, feminist, anti-colonial, and many more, have developed methods of research, including in philosophy, that claim a stronger commitment to objectivity than the conventionally objective sciences and their philosophies ever could achieve, though they refuse the value-free understanding of how best to maximize objectivity. This presentation will identify and reflect on the different conceptions of the “proper philosophic self” created by the knowledge-production projects of these new social movements.

 

4.00 Friday 5th May, Harris Manchester College, Oxford

Panel session: Feminist Standpoint Epistemology

Sandra Harding in discussion with Beverley Clack, Liz Frazer, Sabina Lovibond, and Katherine Morris

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