In Defense of Bacon
Noretta Koertge, ed., A House Built on Sand: Exposing Postmodernist Myths about Science (Oxford University Press, 1998), pp. 195-215
Philosophy of the Social Sciences 25:2 (1995): 192-215
22 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2013
Date Written: January 1, 1995
Feminist science critics, in particular Sandra Harding, Carolyn Merchant, and Evelyn Fox Keller, claim that misogynous sexual metaphors played an important role in the rise of modern science. The writings of Francis Bacon have been singled out as an especially egregious instance of the use of misogynous metaphors in scientific philosophy. I defend Bacon.
Keywords: Francis Bacon, King James I, Sandra Harding, Feminist Epistemology, Carolyn Merchant, Evelyn Fox Keller, Rape Metaphors, Robin Morgan
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