Helen Longino migrated from undergraduate literary studies to graduate study in logic and philosophy of language, and thence to philosophy of science and theory of knowledge. Active in anti-war and women's liberation movements in the late 1960s and 1970s, she also helped establish and/or stabilize women's studies programs at several of the institutions at which she has taught. As chair of the American Philosophical Association's Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession, she helped draw attention to continuing subtle forms of discrimination against women. In addition to her work in philosophy of science, she has published on social issues such as education, competition, and pornography.
Philosophically, she is an advocate of a strong form of social epistemology that she calls critical contextual empiricism. She has developed facets of her view in essays in philosophy of science and feminist philosophy journals and anthologies, as well as in her book, Science as Social Knowledge. Her current book project, The Fate of Knowledge: Toward a Hybrid Epistemology, should be completed in 1998.
The Fate of Knowledge: Toward a Hybrid Epistemology. (forthcoming)
A Critical / Feminist Philosophy of Science. (forthcoming)
Science as Social Knowledge: Values and Objectivity in Scientific Inquiry. Princeton Univ. Press, 1990.
Longino, Helen E. Can There Be a Feminist Science? 1986.
Feminism and Science. (co-edited with Evelyn Fox Keller) 1996.
Osiris 12: The Women and Gender Question in Science. (co-edited with Sally Gregory Kohlstedt). (forthcoming)
[Note: Several of Longino's articles have been reprinted in other sources. If you have difficulty located the reference listed here, contact the website editor for other publication sites.]
"Feminist Epistemology as a Local Epistemology." Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume (1997).
"Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Values in Science: Rethinking the Dichotomy," in Feminism and Philosophy of Science. Ed. Jack Nelson and Lynn Hankinson Nelson. (Kluwer, 1996).
"Science in Context: Philosophical Reflections on Laboratory Science," for Catherine Wagner: Art and Science: Investigating Matter. Exhibition catalogue. (Munich: Nazraeli Press, 1996).
"Moral Agency and the Sciences of Mind," in Minds and Morals. Ed. Larry May, Marilyn Friedman and Andy Clark. (MIT Press, 1995).
"To See Feelingly: Reason, Passion and Dialogue in Feminist Philosophy," in Feminisms in the Academy: Rethinking the Disciplines. Ed. Domna Stanton and Abigail Stewart. (Univ. of Michigan Press, 1995).
"Gender, Politics, and the Theoretical Virtues." Synthese (Sept 1995).
"The Fate of Knowledge in Social Theories of Science," in Socializing Epistemology. Ed. Frederick Schmitt. (Rowman and Littlefield, 1994).
"Social Biases in Research," in Research Ethics. Ed. Kristin Shrader-Frechette. (Rowman and Allenheld, 1994).
"Gender, Sexuality Research, and the Flight from Complexity." Metaphilosophy (Oct 1994).
"In Search of Feminist Epistemology." The Monist (Oct 1994).
"Taking Gender Seriously in the Philosophy of Science," in PSA 1992. Ed. Micky Forbes. (Philosophy of Science Association, 1993).
"Economics for Whom?" in Beyond Economic Man: Essays in Feminism and Economics. Ed. Marianne Farber and Julie Nelson. (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1993).
"Knowledge, Bodies, Values: Reproductive Technologies in Scientific Context." Inquiry 35 (1992).
"Essential Tensions -- Phase Two," in A Mind of Her Own: Feminist Essays on Reason and Objectivity. Ed. Louise Antony and Charlotte Witt. (Westview Press, 1992).
"Subjects, Power, Knowledge: Prescriptivism and Descriptivism in Feminist Philosophy of Science,"in Feminist Epistemologies. Ed. Linda Alcoff and Elizabeth Potter. (Routledge, 1992).
"Hard, Soft or Satisfying? Comments on the Schmauss, Segerstrale and Jessephs Manifesto." Social Epistemology 6 (1992).
"Multiplying Subjects and Diffusing Power." Journal of Philosophy (Nov 1991).
"Feminism and Philosophy of Science." Journal of Social Philosophy 21 (Fall-Wint 1990).
"Conflicts and Tensions in the Feminist Study of Gender and Science," in Conflicts in Feminism. Ed. Marianne Hirsch and Evelyn Fox Keller. (Routledge, 1990).
"Biological Effects of Low-Level Radiation: Values, Dose-Response Models, Risk Estimates." Synthese 81 (Dec 1989).
"Feminist Critiques of Rationality." Women's Studies International Forum 12 (1989).
"Hormones and Human Behavior: A Critique of the Linear Model," (co-authored with Ruth Doell). Journal of Homosexuality 15 (Wint 1988).
"Can There Be a Feminist Science?" Hypatia 2 (1987).
"What's Really Wrong with Quantitative Risk Assessment?" in PSA 86. Ed. Arthur Fine, Mickey Forbes, and Peter Machamer. (Philosophy of Science Association, 1987).
"The Ideology of Competition," in Competition: A Feminist Taboo? Ed. Longino and Miner.
"Science Overrun: The Threat to Freedom Posed by External Control," in Governing Science and Technology in a Democracy. Ed. Malcolm Goggin. (Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1986).
"Rethinking Philosophy," in Women's Place in the Academy: Transforming the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Ed. Marilyn Schuster and Susan Van Dyne. (Rowman and Allenheld, 1985).
"Hazardous Technologies: How Are the Hazards Measured?" Research in Philosophy and Technology 8 (1985).
"Building the Future: Reflections on Teaching at a College for Women." Liberal Education 70 (Fall 1984).
"Body, Bias and Behavior: A Comparative Analysis of Reasoning in Two Areas of Biological Science," (co-authored with Ruth Doell). Signs 9 (Wint 1983).
"Scientific Objectivity and the Logics of Science." Inquiry (Mar 1983).
"Beyond 'Bad Science': Skeptical Reflections on Science and Values." Science, Technology and Human Values (Wint 1983).
"Scientific Objectivity and Feminist Theorizing." Liberal Education 67 (Fall 1981).
"Pornography, Oppression, and Freedom," in Take Back the Night: Women on Pornography. Ed. laura Lederer. (Morrow, 1980).
"Evidence and Hypothesis." Philosophy of Science (Mar 1979).
"Inferring." Philosophy Research Archives 4 (June 1978).
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