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This volume showcases the work of philosopher Louise Antony, and her influential contributions to feminist and analytic philosophy, epistemology, and the philosophy of mind. Her broadly interdisciplinary work brings a naturalistic perspective to philosophical issues of both theoretical and practical importance and center on a key theme-whether, and how, facts about human embodiment ought to constrain philosophical theories. Antony argues that feminist criticisms of analytic epistemology have brought to light some serious limitations of mainstream approaches to the theory of knowledge, and that a naturalistic approach to epistemology is called for. In Part One of this volume, she considers the relationship between feminism and analytic philosophy of mind and language, with special attention to "speech act" theories of pornography. In Part Two, she defends naturalized epistemology both as a correct approach to the study of human knowledge, and as a useful tool for progressive activists in the struggle for social justice. And in Part Three, she confronts nature-nurture debates, particularly as these erupt in debates about gender and racial equality. Throughout the volume, she makes the case for a philosophical method informed by empirical science. Collecting these articles alongside a new introduction reveal the underlying unity and impressive power of Antony's work over several decades. Groundbreaking at the time of their publication, and more relevant today, this collection will be of interest to a wide range of philosophical readers.


Part I: (My) Philosophy Meets (My) Feminism
1. Quine as Feminist: The Radical Import of Naturalized Epistemology
2. Is Psychological Individualism a Piece of Ideology?
3. Sisters, Please, I'd Rather Do It Myself: A Defense of Individualism in Epistemology.
4. Backlash and Double Binds
5. Fantasies of Embodiment and Entitlement: Feminism and Analytic Philosophy
6. Is There a 'Feminist' Philosophy of Language?
7. Pornography and the Philosophy of Language
8. Be What I Say

Part II: Knowledge and Partiality
9. Naturalized Epistemology, Morality, and the Real World
10. The Puzzle of Patriotism
11. Because I Said So: Toward a Feminist Theory of Authority (with Rebecca Hanrahan)
12. The Socialization of Epistemology
13. Embodiment and Epistemology
14. Bias -- Friend or Foe? Reflections on Saulish Skepticism
Part III: Beyond Nature v. Nurture
15. Human Nature and its Role in Feminist Theory
16. Back to Androgyn: What Bathrooms Can Teach Us About Equality
17. Natures and Norms
18. Different Voices or Perfect Storm? Explaining the Dearth of Women in Philosophy
19. Feminism without Metaphysics: A Deflationary Account of Gender


Louise M. Antony is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts. Antony has research and teaching interests in the philosophy of mind, feminist philosophy, epistemology, philosophy of cognitive science and the philosophy of religion. She is the co-editor of A Mind of One's Own: Feminist Essays on Reason and Objectivity (with Charlotte Witt), Chomsky and His Critics (with Norbert Hornstein), and editor of Philosophers Without Gods: Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life . She served as President of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology in 2010-11, and President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in 2015-6.