The History of Sexual Anatomy and Self-Referential Philosophy of Science

"The History of Sexual Anatomy and Self-Referential Philosophy of Science," Metaphilosophy 34, #3 (April, 2003), pp. 229-49. Preprinted as "A szexus, az anatómia története és a reflexív tudományfilozófia" in Forrai Gábor and Margitay Tihamér, eds., Tudomány és Történet, Budapest: Typotex, 2002, pp.

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Alan Soble

University of New Orleans

Date Written: June 1, 1998

Abstract

This essay is a case study of the conceptual self-destruction that occurs in the work of a social-constructionist historian of science who embraces a radical philosophy of science. It focuses on Thomas Laqueur's treatise Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud (Harvard University Press, 1990) in arguing that a history of science committed to the social construction of science and to the central theses of Kuhnian, Duhemian, and Quinean philosophy of science is incoherent. Laqueur's text is examined in detail to make the main point; a similar phenomenon in the work of the historian of science Evelyn Fox Keller is then discussed.

Keywords: Evelyn Keller, Feminist Epistemology, History and Philosophy of Biology, Duhem, Sexual Anatomy, Social Constructionism, Thomas Kuhn, Thomas Laqueur, W.V.O. Quine

Suggested Citation

Soble, Alan, The History of Sexual Anatomy and Self-Referential Philosophy of Science (June 1, 1998). "The History of Sexual Anatomy and Self-Referential Philosophy of Science," Metaphilosophy 34, #3 (April, 2003), pp. 229-49. Preprinted as "A szexus, az anatómia története és a reflexív tudományfilozófia" in Forrai Gábor and Margitay Tihamér, eds., Tudomány és Történet, Budapest: Typotex, 2002, pp. . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2327415

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