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Objectivity and Diversity: Another Logic of Scientific Research

Sandra Harding


Central assumptions in dominant philosophy of science were reformulated in the context of the encounter of Vienna Circle logical positivism with U.S. McCarthyism and the Cold War. For these mostly Jewish and socialist émigrés from European fascism, insisting on value-freedom, “the view from nowhere”, for science and its philosophy was a political necessity. We live in a world animated by strikingly different social and political impulses. Yet that notion of objectivity is still used to police university research, public debates and international relations. It does so in the face of widely-reco ... More

Keywords: development, diversity, epistemology, logical positivism, methodology, objectivity, philosophy of science, secularisms, standpoint theory, women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226241227
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226241531.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sandra Harding, author