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Postfeminisms by Ann Brooks

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CHALLENGING THE BASIS OF THE FEMINIST EPISTEMOLOGICAL PROJECT

INTRODUCTION

Feminism has been centrally concerned with the question of epistemology since its inception. Feminist writers/scholars have sought to challenge the basis and characteristics of epistemologies which posit a conception of ‘truth’, which is essentially ‘reality’ interpreted from a male perspective. In the necessarily intense and vigorous debate which has resulted—on the significance, nature and validity of a feminist epistemology—feminism has challenged the concept of a traditional ‘Enlightenment’, rationalist epistemology whose characteristics including rationality, objectivity, reason and language are seen by some branches of feminism as essentially ...

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