Neurofeminism: Issues at the Intersection of Feminist Theory and Cognitive Science

Neurofeminism: Issues at the Intersection of Feminist Theory and Cognitive Science

Hardback New Directions in Philosophy and Cognitive Science

Edited by Robyn Bluhm, Edited by Anne Jaap Jacobson, Edited by Heidi Lene Maibom

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Hardback | 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 218mm x 22mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 15 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230296734
  • ISBN 13: 9780230296732
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 3 figures, 5 black & white halftones
  • Sales rank: 1,006,267

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This is the first interdisciplinary collection of essays to address how recent neuroscience affects traditional feminist issues. A distinguished group of philosophers, psychologists, sociomedical scientists, and feminist scholars explore such questions as: * Do women and men have significantly different brains? * Do women empathize, while men systematize? * Is there a distinctive 'feminine' ethics? * Is the self constituted by brain activities independent of society? * Should addressing issues about sexuality and intersex conditions lead to changes in methodology? * What do recent technological advances in the brain sciences teach us about such questions? Taken together, these essays challenge and expand upon some of the more sensational findings of neuroscience, and suggest new strategies and topics for research.

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ROBYN BLUHM Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs at Old Dominion University, USA. Her research examines philosophical issues in medicine and psychiatry, with a particular focus on the relationship between ethical and epistemological questions arising in medical research or clinical practice. ANNE JAAP JACOBSON Professor of Philosophy and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston, USA,where she is also Director of the Center for Neuroengineering and cognitive science. She has published a number of papers on the history of philosophy, philosophy of mind and neurophilosophy, and feminist philosophy. She edited Feminist Interpretations of Hume and authored Keeping the World in Mind, also from Palgrave Macmillan. She blogs frequently at Feministphilosophers.wordpress.com HEIDI L. MAIBOM Associate Professor of Philosophy at Carleton University, Canada. She has published papers on philosophy of mind, moral psychology, emotions, and psychopathology. She is currently working on a book on moral emotions.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors Introduction; R.Bluhm, A.J.Jacobson & H.Maibom The Politics of Pictured Reality: Locating the Object from Nowhere in fMRI; L.Meynell What, If Anything, Can Neuroscience Tell Us About Gender Differences?; G.Hoffman In a Different Voice?; H.Maibom The Role of Fetal Testosterone in the Development of 'The Essential Difference' Between the Sexes: Some Essential Issues; G.Grossi & C.Fine Hardwired for Sexism? Approaches to Sex/Gender in Neuroscience; R.M.Jordan-Young & R.I.Rumiati Re-Queering the Brain; A.Kaiser & I.Dussauge Situated Neuroscience: Exploring Biologies of Diversity; G.Einstein Cosmopolitics and the Brain: The Co-Becoming of Practices in Feminism and Neuroscience; D.Roy Beyond Neurosexism: Is it Possible to Defend the Female Brain?; R.Bluhm Seeing as a Social Phenomenon: Feminist Theory and the Cognitive Sciences; A.J.Jacobson Linking Neuroscience, Medicine, Gender and Society through Controversy and Conflict Analysis: A 'Dissensus Framework' for Feminist/Queer Brain Science Studies; C.Kraus Index