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Yap, Audrey. Feminism and Carnap’s Principle of Tolerance
2010, Hypatia 25 (2):437-454
Added by: Franci Mangraviti

The logical empiricists often appear as a foil for feminist theories. Their emphasis on the individualistic nature of knowledge and on the value neutrality of science seems directly opposed to most feminist concerns. However, several recent works have highlighted aspects of Carnap’s views that make him seem like much less of a straight-forwardly positivist thinker. Certain of these aspects lend themselves to feminist concerns much more than the stereotypical picture would imply.

Comment: Useful for a course on logical empiricism, feminist philosophy of language, or feminist logic. Basic familiarity with logical empiricism may be helpful.

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