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
Date Written: January 31, 1999
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
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