Standpoint theory makes the claim that there are social positions from which privileged perspectives on knowledge can be obtained. This article describes some arguments that stake out relatively narrow grounds for the relevance of standpoint theory to science and technology: namely, the oppressed are in a potentially good position to understand social relations. Although these grounds seem narrow and apparently irrelevant to the bulk of the activity of the sciences, recent work in science and technology studies indicates that social relations are topics and resources as much in physics and mathematics as in primatology and psychology. So, if we accept the arguments for standpoint theory, the social picture of science should lead us to recognize the wide-ranging applicability of standpoint theory to science.
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March 02 1995
The Scientific Domains of Feminist Standpoints
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Online Issn: 1530-9274
Print Issn: 1063-6145
©1994 by The University of Chicago. All reserved.
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Perspectives on Science (1995) 3 (1): 49–65.
Sergio Sismondo; The Scientific Domains of Feminist Standpoints. Perspectives on Science 1995; 3 (1): 49–65. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/posc_a_00473
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