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Philosophy for GirlsAn Invitation to a Life of Thought$
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Melissa Shew and Kimberly Garchar

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190072919

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190072919.001.0001

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A Feminist Approach

(p.79) 6 Logic
Philosophy for Girls

Gillian Russell

Oxford University Press

This chapter asks whether there is any such thing as feminist logic. It defines feminism and logic, and then goes on to present and evaluate four possible views, introducing and critiquing the work of Andrea Nye, Val Plumwood, and Susan Stebbing. It argues that Stebbing’s approach—on which feminism is one among many political applications of logic—is correct, but that feminist logic could do more, by providing a formal framework for the study of social hierarchies, much as it presently provides a formal framework for the study of numbers and similarity rankings among possible worlds.

Keywords:   feminist logic, relevant logic, classical negation, Susan Stebbing, Andrea Nye, Val Plumwood, social hierarchy, philosophy of logic, nonclassical logic, feminism

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