Bad Apples: The Influence of Politics on Scholarship

Philosophy of the Social Sciences 29:3 (1999), pp. 354-88

25 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2013  

Alan Soble

University of New Orleans

Date Written: January 31, 1999

Abstract

Some exceptional and surprising mistakes of scholarship made in the writings of a number of well-known and respected academics – Ruth Bleier, Ruth Hubbard, Susan Bordo, Sandra Harding, and Rae Langton – are examined in detail. This essay offers the psychological (or sociopolitical?) hypothesis that these mistakes were the result of political passion. The essay concludes with some remarks about the ability of the social sciences to study the effect of the politics of the researcher on the quality of his or her research.

Keywords: Politics and Scholarship, Feminist Epistemology, Susan Bordo, Sandra Harding, Rae Langton, Women's Knowledge, M. Belenky, Florida Rape Case, Pornography

Suggested Citation

Soble, Alan, Bad Apples: The Influence of Politics on Scholarship (January 31, 1999). Philosophy of the Social Sciences 29:3 (1999), pp. 354-88. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2342395

Alan Soble (Contact Author)

University of New Orleans ( email )

2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148
United States

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