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Feminism, Realism, and Universalism

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  • Tony Lawson

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Feminists have drawn attention to, and rightly criticized, the tendency of dominant groups unthinkingly to universalize their own values and practices. In so doing, however, many feminists have appeared inclined to criticize almost any practice of generalizing, a development that has proven problematic for feminist epistemological and emancipatory projects. Such considerations invite a questioning of how, if at all, the general and the particular are, or might legitimately be, combined in any context. The argument here is that addressing this sort of question can benefit from a more explicit attention to ontology than is to be found in much of the feminist literature. Illustrations of how ontology can make a difference are developed.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Feminist Economics.

Volume (Year): 5 (1999)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 25-59

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Keywords: Feminist Epistemology; Human Emancipation; Situated Knowledge; Standpoint Theory; Economic Modelling; Universalism; Ontology; Realism;

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Cited by:
  1. Garofalo, M.R. & Marra, M, 2007. "Work-Life Reconciliation Policies From Well-Being To Development: Rethinking EU Gender Mainstreaming," MPRA Paper 9598, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Siobhan Austen & Therese Jefferson, 2006. "Comparing responses to critical realism," Journal of Economic Methodology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 13(2), pages 257-282.
  3. Vinca Bigo, 2006. "Open and closed systems and the Cambridge School," Review of Social Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 64(4), pages 493-514.

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