Feminist Epistemology

Naomi Scheman

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This chapter constitutes a defense and definition of feminist epistemology, a field that may at first appear oxymoronic. Epistemology in general had been considered apolitical until the establishment of the Society for Women in Philosophy. Where a woman philosopher would once remain an anomaly in a field primarily undertaken by men, there now exists an institution that questions its members as to their place in the male-dominated hierarchy. Men are, after all, considered the generic-the default paradigm that defines the members of the field, and ultimately, excludes the rest. Addressing that paradigm isn't so simple, however, as women's issues must still take into account the fact that race, sexuality, class, and other factors can marginalize other women because the scholarship can emphasize the experience of more privileged women. With these in mind, there must necessarily be a "mutual containment of philosophy and politics".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationShifting Ground
Subtitle of host publicationKnowledge and Reality, Transgression and Trustworthiness
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780190267483
ISBN (Print)9780195395112
StatePublished - May 27 2015


  • Feminist epistemology
  • Male domination
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Society for women in philosophy
  • Woman philosopher
  • Women's issues


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