Ecological Thinking: The Politics Of Epistemic Location

Paperback | April 19, 2006

byLorraine Code

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How could ecological thinking animate an epistemology capable of addressing feminist, multicultural, and other post-colonial concerns? Starting from an epistemological approach implicit in Rachel Carson's scientific practice, Lorraine Code elaborates the creative, restructuring resources ofecology for a theory of knowledge. She critiques the instrumental rationality, abstract individualism, and exploitation of people and places that western epistemologies of mastery have legitimated, to propose a politics of epistemic location, sensitive to the interplay of particularity anddiversity, and focused on responsible epistemic practice. Drawing on ecological theory and practice, on naturalized epistemology, and on feminist and post-colonial theories, Code analyzes extended examples from developmental psychology, and from two "natural" institutions of knowledge production--medicine and law. These institutions lend themselves well toa reconfigured naturalism. They are, in practice, empirically-scientifically informed, specifically situated, and locally interpretive. With human subjects as their "objects" of knowledge, they invoke the responsibility requirements central to Code's larger project. This book discusses a wide range of literature in philosophy, social science, and ethico-political thought. Highly innovative, it will generate productive conversations in feminist theory, and in the ethics and politics of knowledge more broadly conceived.

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How could ecological thinking animate an epistemology capable of addressing feminist, multicultural, and other post-colonial concerns? Starting from an epistemological approach implicit in Rachel Carson's scientific practice, Lorraine Code elaborates the creative, restructuring resources ofecology for a theory of knowledge. She critiqu...

Lorraine Code is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy at York University in Toronto, Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She is the author of Epistemic Responsibility (1987), What Can She Know? (1991), Rhetorical Spaces (1995); editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories (2000)...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.79 inPublished:April 19, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Ecological Thinking: Subversions and Transformations2. Ecological Naturalism3. Negotiating Empiricism4. Ecological Subjectivity in the Making: "The Child" as Fact and Artifact5. Patterns of Autonomy, Acknowledgment, and Advocacy6. Rational Imagining, Responsible Knowing7. Public Knowledge, Public Trust: Toward Democratic Epistemic PracticesConclusionBibliographyIndex

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"Code's book is important and timely, marshalling a wide variety of arguments in support of the necessarily messy and complex effects of philosophical holism and naturalism as applied to ecological studies, broadly construed.... The arguments she offers are complex and rise to the challengepresented to any philosopher working to make intellectual analysis relevant to social policy in the contemporary world." --Sharon Clough, "Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews"