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By Lauren Swayne Barthold

This e-book attracts at the hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer to notify a feminist standpoint of social identities. Lauren Swayne Barthold strikes past solutions that both safeguard the target nature of identities or brush off their value altogether. construction at the paintings of either hermeneutic and non-hermeneutic feminist theorists of identification, she asserts the relevance of options like horizon, coherence, discussion, play, program, and pageant for constructing a concept of identification. This quantity argues that as intersubjective interpretations, social identities are very important methods of fostering that means and reference to others. Barthold additionally demonstrates how a hermeneutic method of social identities gives you evaluations of and resistance to identity-based oppression.

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Alcoff goes on to explain how the theoretical commitments of Butler’s anti-objective stance were bolstered by both scientific research into intersexuality as well as advances in reproductive technologies. In other words, scientific and technological advances have further contributed to the tendency to de-naturalize HORIZONS 23 categories of sex and thus spurn objective and realist accounts. While sensitive to the ways in which naturalistic arguments have been used to control women, Alcoff reexamines the question of whether it is really possible (or desirable) to accentuate the dominance of nurture over nature, since such a move implies that the two are entirely separable from each other.

I think the fact that the third-person perspective comes to dominate in Alcoff’s account contributes to Chanter’s charge that Alcoff’s identity politics denies intersectionality and promotes a degree of impotency (Chanter 2009). , foundationalist) epistemology. Alcoff’s aim is to recover a non-foundationalist sense of epistemology and show the relevance of Gadamer’s thought for such a project. See her two edited volumes on this topic (Alcoff and Mendieta 2003; Alcoff et al. 2006). See Zerilli (2005) for an attempt to legitimize a political feminism that, building on the work of Hannah Arendt, refuses both realism and a modern subjectivist account of feminist theory.

S. BARTHOLD check with the “world,” so to speak, to discern whether a given token fits under a type, where types are said to be indicated by something independent of the subject and thus objective. 10 Yet like Alcoff, Haslanger acknowledges the prevalence of social construction and affirms the hermeneutic thesis that the entirety of our experience of the world is mediated by language. , HIR) nor that one cannot successfully refer to it. For, Haslanger does not think that mediation necessarily means that our access to the world is blocked or deformed in any way.

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