Neurofeminism: issues at the intersection of feminist theory and cognitive science

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Author: H. Storl
Date: Mar. 2013
Publisher: American Library Association CHOICE
Document Type: Book review; Brief article
Length: 212 words

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2011-52945 MARC

Neurofeminism: issues at the intersection of feminist theory and cognitive science, ed. by Robyn Bluhm, Anne Jaap Jacobson, and Heidi Lene Maibom. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 28410 bibl index ISBN 9780230296732, $90.00

This volume of essays is about neurofeminism and so much more. Though feminist-oriented philosophy of science informs much of the text, the work is far more demonstrative of the revolutionary effect that the neurosciences have had on traditional discourse in the study of cultural history, ethics, and science. The interdisciplinary and international authors make this collection truly one of a kind. In addition to establishing a new, thoroughly non-Cartesian framework by which to approach large theoretical issues, this volume also takes a deep, critical dive into such practical issues as reductionism, the limitations associated with brain imaging technology, and the popular belief that there are "essential" differences between male and female brains. In the end, the empirical, methodological, and conceptual inadequacies of some firmly entrenched thinking about self and other are unraveled. This is a remarkable read that lives up to its placement in the series "New Directions in Philosophy and Cognitive Science," edited by John Protevi and Michael Wheeler. Good bibliography. Summing Up: Highly recommended. *** Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers.--H. Storl, Augustana College (IL)

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