By Lorraine Code
How may well ecological pondering animate an epistemology in a position to addressing feminist, multicultural, and different post-colonial issues? ranging from an epistemological method implicit in Rachel Carson's medical perform, Lorraine Code elaborates the artistic, restructuring assets of ecology for a conception of data. She reviews the instrumental rationality, summary individualism, and exploitation of individuals and locations that western epistemologies of mastery have legitimated, to suggest a politics of epistemic position, delicate to the interaction of particularity and variety, and fascinated about liable epistemic perform. Drawing on ecological concept and perform, on naturalized epistemology, and on feminist and post-colonial theories, Code analyzes prolonged examples from developmental psychology, and from "natural" associations of information production--medicine and legislations. those associations lend themselves good to a reconfigured naturalism. they're, in perform, empirically-scientifically trained, in particular positioned, and in the neighborhood interpretive. With human topics as their "objects" of information, they invoke the accountability specifications primary to Code's better undertaking. This e-book discusses quite a lot of literature in philosophy, social technology, and ethico-political suggestion. hugely leading edge, it is going to generate effective conversations in feminist thought, and within the ethics and politics of information extra widely conceived.
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42. I am grateful to Vincent Colapietro for this elegant suggestion. Starting at real-life events, at radical subjectivity, her experience as a species treated as a minority, separated, reified, looked at, a woman of my generation discovers that her "little problem," her "secondary question," this so-minute detail of the subversive front, indeed, her "fragmentary struggle," is no longer content to link with but identifies directly with the number one question, with the original problem; the basis, even, of the indispensable need to change the world, not just to improve it, but so that there can still be a world.
Introduction 21 where location is itself always a complex construction as well as inheritance, a n d . . "41 If it can establish a firm enough footing, ecological thinking—like feminism at its best—will reconceive human and natural locations and relations all the way down. "—and situates it in places whose intersections with other locations and their occupants, whose multiple structures of power and privilege and distributions of epistemic authority, all reveal their epistemological significance.
Finally, drawing on an example of the suppression of research findings by a pharmaceutical company with a vested interest in keeping them from the public eye, chapter seven reads the—ambiguous—gendered implications of the positioning of a female scientist and doctor as the principal player in the story, where questions about credibility, answerability, academic freedom, and public trust figure centrally. The analysis shows how ecological thinking fosters the development of a productive ideal of responsibility, rooted neither in individualism nor in an implausible voluntarism, yet attentive to the climatic conditions in which much scientific and other research in the twenty-first century takes place.