Feminist and Non-feminist Philosophy of Biology: Parallels, Differences, and Prospects for Future Engagements

  • Lynn Hankinson-NelsonEmail author
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 317)


I identify several substantive parallels in the issues of interest, and methodological and conceptual frameworks employed, in the research traditions of feminist and non-feminist philosophy of biology. I also identify several substantive differences in the emphases of the two traditions, including that biological research and hypotheses focusing on sex and gender raise political and ethical issues that non-feminist philosophers of biology rarely address. I conclude that a growing interest in philosophy of science in promoting “socially responsible science”, and engaging in “socially relevant” and “socially responsible” philosophy of science, should make it possible for the traditions to more fruitfully engage one another.


Androcentrism Contextualism Gendered metaphors Science and politics Sexual selection Socially responsible philosophy of science 


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  1. 1.University of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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