Feminism, Science, and the Philosophy of Science by Ronald N. Giere (auth.), Lynn Hankinson Nelson, Jack Nelson

By Ronald N. Giere (auth.), Lynn Hankinson Nelson, Jack Nelson (eds.)

Feminism, technological know-how, and the Philosophy of Science brings jointly unique essays by means of either feminist and mainstream philosophers of technological know-how that study concerns on the intersections of feminism, technological know-how, and the philosophy of technology. individuals discover parallels and tensions among feminist techniques to technological know-how and different methods within the philosophy of technology and extra common technology experiences. In so doing, they discover notions on the middle of the philosophy of technological know-how, together with the character of objectivity, fact, proof, cognitive organisation, clinical process, and the connection among technology and values.

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As important as touch is for diagnosis, the health care provider also understands that it serves an important role in both comforting and reassuring the individual, for the process of diagnosis works best when the provider is able to establish a relationship with the patient. 12 30 NANCY TUANA The health care provider also learns from listening. But this listening works best when it can go beyond the stethoscope or monitor and includes dialogue between the provider and the patient. Through trust and empathy, the health care provider develops a relationship with the patient that allows for communication, for she or he views the patient's own experiences as an important source of knowledge.

I personally believe that the actual practice of many contemporary scientists fits this model of the engaged, embodied subject. But I also believe that the legacy of positivism has obscured the variety of ways scientific practice is in fact a blend of subjective and objective factors, and has resulted in a bias in the way in which science is both conceived of and how it is taught to practitioners. McClintock's loving attention to maize is hardly unique among scientists, nor is it limited to women scientists, but this dimension of knowledge has often been overlooked and sometimes explicitly denigrated due to the belief that it was not an appropriate component of the scientific method.

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