Decentering the Center

Decentering the Center : Philosophy for a Multicultural, Postcolonial, and Feminist World

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The essays in this volume bring to their focuses on philosophical issues the new angles of vision created by the multicultural, global, and postcolonial feminisms that have been developing around us. These multicultural, global, and postcolonial feminist concerns transform mainstream notions of experience, human rights, the origins of philosophic issues, philosophic uses of metaphors of the family, white antiracism, human progress, scientific progress, modernity, the unity of scientific method, the desirability of universal knowledge claims, and other ideas central to more

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 150 x 224 x 24mm | 458.13g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Cloth First Published 1989 ed.
  • 1 index
  • 0253213843
  • 9780253213846
  • 1,183,610

About Uma Narayan

Uma Narayan is associate professor of philosophy at Vassar College. She is the author of Dislocating Cultures: Identities, Traditions and Third World Feminism and co-editor, with Mary Lyndon Shanley of Reconstructing Political Theory: Feminist Perspectives.Sandra Harding is professor of education and women's studies at the University of California Los angeles. She is the editor of The "Racial" Economy of Science: Toward a Democratic Future, and the co-author of a chapter in UNESCO's World Science Report 1996 entitled Science and Technology: The Gender Dimension. Her most recent book is Is Science Multicultural? Postcolonialisms, Feminisms, and more

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"These essays by well-known feminist thinkers address philosophical issues concerning ethics, politics, knowledge, science, human experience from multicultural, global, and postcolonial feminist perspectives... The range of topics addressed is impressive and the clarity of the writing makes it accessible to reflective readers unfamiliar with the scholarly literature."--The Philosopher's Magazine, Summer 2001show more

Table of contents

Introduction. Border CrossingsUma Narayan and Sandra HardingGlobalizing Feminist EthicsAlison M. JaggarFeminism, Women's Human Rights, and Cultural DifferencesSusan Moller OkinCultural Alterity: Cross-Cultural Communication and Feminist Theory in North-South ContextsOfelia SchutteHow to Think Globally: Stretching the Limits of ImaginationLorraine CodeEssence of Culture and a Sense of History: A Feminist Critique of Cultural EssentialismUma NarayanIt's Not Philosophy"Andrea NyeChandra Mohanty and the Revaluing of "Experience"Shari Stone-MediatoreSitios y Lenguas: Chicanas Theorize FeminismsAida HurtadoWhat Should White People Do?Linda Martin AlcoffLocating Traitorous Identities: Toward a View of Privilege-Cognizant White CharacterAlison BaileyMulticulturalism as a Cognitive Virtue of Scientific PracticeAnn E. CuddIt's All in the Family: Intersections of Gender, Race, and NationPatricia Hill CollinsDualisms, Discourse, and DevelopmentDrucilla K. BarkerResisting the Veil of Privilege: Building Bridge Identities as an Ethico-Politics of Global FeminismsMaquiladora Mestizas and a Feminist Border Politics: Revisiting AnzalduaMelissa WrightBurnt Offerings to Rationality: A Feminist Reading of the Construction of Indigenous Peoples in Enrique Dussel's Theory of ModernityLynda LangeGender, Development, and Post-Enlightenment Philosophies of ScienceSandra Hardingshow more

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