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On the Possibility of Feminist Philosophy of Physics

  • Maralee HarrellEmail author
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Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 317)

Abstract

The dynamic nature of physics cannot be captured through an exclusive focus on the static mathematical formulations of physical theories. Instead, we can more fruitfully think of physics as a set of distinctively social, cognitive, and theoretical/methodological practices. An emphasis on practice has been one of the most notable aspects of the recent “naturalistic turn” in general philosophy of science, in no small part due to the arguments of many feminist philosophers of science. A major project of feminist philosophy of physics has been to shine a critical light on the social and cognitive practices in physics, and how those ultimately influence other aspects of the science. Here we argue that traditional philosophy of physics has focused exclusively on the theoretical/methodological practices of physics, and that feminist philosophy of physics seeks to broaden the focus to include the social and cognitive practices as well.

Keywords

Physics Feminist philosophy Women Masculinity Female nature War Cognitive practice Knowledge construction Objectivity 

Notes

Acknowledgments

I would like to thank David Danks for extensive comments on earlier drafts.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA

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