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Sally Haslanger

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199892631

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892631.001.0001

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On Being Objective and Being Objectified

On Being Objective and Being Objectified

(p.35) 1 On Being Objective and Being Objectified
Resisting Reality

Sally Haslanger

Oxford University Press

Catharine MacKinnon has argued that the stance of objectivity is a male stance and, more specifically, a stance of objectification: “to look at the world objectively is to objectify it.” This chapter develops an interpretation of MacKinnon's account of gender and objectification to determine how objectivity is relevant. The chapter argues that there are epistemic norms that, under conditions of injustice, help sustain the position of the dominant. The chapter concludes, however, that these are norms of “assumed objectivity” that, although common, are not what genuine objectivity recommends.

Keywords:   objectivity, objectification, rationality, gender, Catharine McKinnon, feminist epistemology, critique of rationality, epistemic norms, feminism

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