Modern epistemology has run into several paradoxes in its efforts to explain how knowledge acquisition can be both socially based (and thus apparently context-relative) and still able to determine objective facts about the world. In this important book, Richmond Campbell attempts to dispel some of these paradoxes, to show how they are ultimately just 'illusions of paradox,' by developing ideas central to two of the most promising currents in epistemology: feminist epistemology and naturalized epistemology. Campbell's aim is to construct a coherent theory of knowing that is feminist and 'naturalized.' Illusions of Paradox will be valuable for students and scholars of epistemology and women's studies.
Richmond Campbell is professor of philosophy at Dalhousie University. He is the author of Self-Love and Self-Respect and coeditor of Paradoxes of Rationality and Cooperation: Prisoner's Dilemma and Newcomb's Problem.
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Feminism and Empirical Knowledge Chapter 3 Understanding Feminist Empiricism Chapter 4 The Realism Question Chapter 5 Knowledge as Social and Reflexive Part 6 Feminism and Naturalized Epistemology Chapter 7 Normative Naturalized Epistemology Chapter 8 Self-Knowledge and Feminist Naturalism Part 9 Feminism, Meaning, and Value Chapter 10 Fact-Value Holism Chapter 11 Meaning-Value Holism Part 12 Feminism and Moral Knowledge Chapter 13 Feminist Contractarianism Chapter 14 Feminist Contractarianism Naturalized Chapter 15 Conclusion Chapter 16 Bibliography Chapter 17 Index