Feminist Reconsiderations of Enlightenment Ideals

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Feminist Reconsiderations of Enlightenment Ideals
Concepts of scientific though and technology that were formulated during the Enlightenment have for centuries been seen as the scale by which to measure all thoughtful and legitimate scientific research. Enlightenment philosophers advanced the idea of a rational observer, through whom scientific knowledge can be gained via direct observation of the outside world (empirical knowledge); such observations would be objectively recorded and discussed in order to increase our knowledge about nature, science, and human beings. Feminist theorists over the past several decades have deconstructed the idea of a monolithic rational subject, of objective or unbiased observations and arguments, and what...
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.....entity never stands alone. Each of these feminists find that gender is informed by, and changes meaning, depending on the socio-economic, racial, and ethnic identities of the subjects in question. From these analyses we can see that gender is never a stable category, no matter how hard we might wish it to be to make our lives “easier.” Rather, we must embrace the complexity of identity as it is embodied in real world, everyday conditions.
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