Can Feminists Be Cartesians?
Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, Vol. 41, pp. 91-112, 2002
22 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2007
I defend one leading strand of Descartes's thought against feminist criticism. I will show that Descartes's "first-person" approach to our knowledge of minds, which has been criticized on feminist grounds, is at least compatible with key feminist views. My argument suggests that this strand of Cartesianism may even bolster some central feminist positions.
Keywords: Descartes, feminism, self-knowledge, foundationalism, simulation theory
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