A Defense of Ignorance

A Defense of Ignorance : Its Value for Knowers and Roles in Feminist and Social Epistemologies

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By exploring diverse and sometimes positive roles for ignorance, A Defense of Ignorance offers a revisionary approach to epistemology that challenges core assumptions about epistemic values. Townley contributes innovative ways of thinking about the practicalities and politics of knowledge and argues for an expanded domain of responsible epistemic conduct. All social scientists, especially those interested in knowledge and in feminist scholarship, stand to benefit from Townley's arguments.show more

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  • Hardback | 152 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 385.55g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739151053
  • 9780739151051
  • 1,499,915

About Cynthia Townley

Cynthia Townley is lecturer of philosophy at Macquarie University.show more

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This book makes a valuable contribution to feminist, anti-racist, and 'mainstream' debates in epistemology. It is especially pertinent to discussions set in motion by ground-breaking work on epistemologies of ignorance, and by feminist work in virtue epistemology which centres on issues of responsible epistemic conduct, both individual and collective. -- Lorraine Code, York University, Toronto Cynthia Townley's crisply argued book offers an indispensable guide to the indispensable place of ignorance in the complex mix of goals and achievements of epistemic agents. A most welcome and inviting addition to the changing landscape in epistemology. -- Elizabeth Spelman, Smith Collegeshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction: Ignorance Matters Chapter 3 Chapter 1. Epistemic Dependence: Beyond Facts Chapter 4 Chapter 2. Trust and Ignorance Chapter 5 Chapter 3. Institutional Epistemic Dependence Chapter 6 Chapter 4. Ignorance, Arrogance and Pluralismshow more

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