The Implications of the New Materialisms for Feminist Epistemology

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Feminists drawing on the physical and biological sciences increasingly repudiate the notion that biology and matter are passive or inert and instead recog- nize the agency of biology or matter in worldly phenomena and social and political behavior. Such ‘new materialist’ work challenges the linear models of causation that underlie constructivist analyses of the ways power shapes the subjects and objects of knowledge. It provokes feminist epistemologists to develop models of causation and explanation that can account for the complex interactions through which the social, the biological, and the physical emerge, persist, and transform.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFeminist Epistemology and Philosophy of Science
EditorsHeidi E Grasswick
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)978-1-4020-6834-8
StatePublished - 2011


  • agency
  • causation
  • complexity
  • materiality
  • new materialisms


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