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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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Feminism in Metaphysics

Feminism in Metaphysics

Negotiating the Natural

(p.139) 4 Feminism in Metaphysics
Resisting Reality

Sally Haslanger

Oxford University Press

Is there a place within feminist inquiry for metaphysics? If we take an aporematic approach to metaphysics, then what questions we ask, and what puzzles arise, is going to depend on cultural and historical context, broader theoretical needs, etc. Where sexist and racist views are widely held and institutionalized, we need theories that diagnose, explain, and replace sexist and racist beliefs. These theories need not privilege a special female or feminine perspective; rather, they are feminist insofar as they engage the realities of women's oppression with the goal of ending it. Metaphysics is relevant in two ways: feminist theories may have implications for metaphysics; and feminist insights into the cultural/historical context may diffuse or replace the metaphysical puzzles. The chapter considers a set of feminist arguments concerning the social construction of the body, and argue that if social construction is plausible, it is compatible with a “thin” metaphysical realism.

Keywords:   metaphysics, feminism, Judith Butler, nature, social construction, gynocentrism, realism

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