Shifting Ground: Knowledge and Reality, Transgression and Trustworthiness

Paperback | April 18, 2011

byNaomi Scheman

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This volume of essays by Naomi Scheman brings together her views on epistemic and socio-political issues, views that draw on a critical reading of Wittgenstein as well as on liberatory movements and theories, all in the service of a fundamental reorientation of epistemology. For sometheorists, epistemology is an essentially foundationalist and hence discredited enterprise; for others - particularly analytic epistemologists - it remains rigorously segregated from political concerns. Scheman makes a compelling case for the necessity of thinking epistemologically in fundamentallyaltered ways. Arguing that it is an illusion of privilege to think that we can do without usable articulations of concepts such as truth, reality, and objectivity, she maintains (as in the title of one of her essays) that epistemology needs to be "resuscitated" as an explicitly political endeavor,with trustworthiness at its heart. While each essay contributes to a specific conversation, taken together they argue for addressing theoretical questions as they arise concretely. Truth, reality, objectivity, and other concepts that problematically rest on shifting ground are more than philosophical toys, and the ground-shiftingthese essays enact is a move away from abstruse theorizing-analytic and post-structuralist alike. Following Wittgenstein's injunctions to just look, to attend to the "rough ground" of everyday practices, Scheman argues for finding philosophical insight in such acts of attention and in thedifficulties that beset them. These essays are an attempt to grasp something in particular, to get a handle on a set of problems, and collectively they represent a fresh model of passionate philosophical engagement.

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This volume of essays by Naomi Scheman brings together her views on epistemic and socio-political issues, views that draw on a critical reading of Wittgenstein as well as on liberatory movements and theories, all in the service of a fundamental reorientation of epistemology. For sometheorists, epistemology is an essentially foundationa...

Naomi Scheman received her BA from Barnard College and her PhD from Harvard University. She has been teaching since 1979 at the University of Minnesota, where she is a Professor of Philosophy and of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, and she is a guest researcher at the Umea Centre for Gender Studies in Sweden. A collection of her ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 18, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart I: Knowledge1. Non-Negotiable Demands: Metaphysics, Politics, and the Discourse of Needs2. Feminist Epistemology3. On Waking Up One Morning and Discovering that We Are Them4. Terminal MorainePart II: Reality5. Against Physicalism6. Feeling Our Way toward Moral Objectivity7. Queering the Center by Centering the Queer: Reflections on Transsexuals and Secular JewsPart III: Transgression and Trustworthiness8. Forms of Life: Mapping the Rough Ground9. Catherine Jordan and Susan Gust: The Trustworthiness of Research: The Paradigm of Community-Based Research10. Narrative, Complexity, and Context: Autonomy as an Epistemic Value11. Epistemology Resuscitated: Objectivity as Trustworthiness