Decentering the Center

Decentering the Center

Philosophy for a Multicultural, Postcolonial, and Feminist World
Edited by Uma Narayan and Sandra Harding
Distribution: World
Publication date: 4/1/2000
Format: paper 352 pages, 1 index
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-253-21384-6
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The essays in this volume bring to their focuses on philosophical issues the new angles of vision created by the multicultural, global, and postcolonial feminisms that have been developing around us. These multicultural, global, and postcolonial feminist concerns transform mainstream notions of experience, human rights, the origins of philosophic issues, philosophic uses of metaphors of the family, white antiracism, human progress, scientific progress, modernity, the unity of scientific method, the desirability of universal knowledge claims, and other ideas central to philosophy.

Author Bio

Uma Narayan is associate professor of philosophy at Vassar College. She is the author of Dislocating Cultures: Identities, Traditions and Third World Feminism and co-editor, with Mary Lyndon Shanley of Reconstructing Political Theory: Feminist Perspectives.

Sandra Harding is professor of education and women’s studies at the University of California Los angeles. She is the editor of The "Racial" Economy of Science: Toward a Democratic Future, and the co-author of a chapter in UNESCO’s World Science Report 1996 entitled Science and Technology: The Gender Dimension. Her most recent book is Is Science Multicultural? Postcolonialisms, Feminisms, and Epistemologies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Border Crossings
Uma Narayan and Sandra Harding

Globalizing Feminist Ethics
Alison M. Jaggar

Feminism, Women’s Human Rights, and Cultural Differences
Susan Moller Okin

Cultural Alterity: Cross-Cultural Communication and Feminist Theory in North-South Contexts
Ofelia Schutte

How to Think Globally: Stretching the Limits of Imagination
Lorraine Code

Essence of Culture and a Sense of History: A Feminist Critique of Cultural Essentialism
Uma Narayan

"It’s Not Philosophy"
Andrea Nye

Chandra Mohanty and the Revaluing of "Experience"
Shari Stone-Mediatore

Sitios y Lenguas: Chicanas Theorize Feminisms
Aída Hurtado

What Should White People Do?
Linda Martín Alcoff

Locating Traitorous Identities: Toward a View of Privilege-Cognizant White Character
Alison Bailey

Multiculturalism as a Cognitive Virtue of Scientific Practice
Ann E. Cudd

It’s All in the Family: Intersections of Gender, Race, and Nation
Patricia Hill Collins

Dualisms, Discourse, and Development
Drucilla K. Barker

Resisting the Veil of Privilege: Building Bridge Identities as an Ethico-Politics of Global Feminisms

Maquiladora Mestizas and a Feminist Border Politics: Revisiting Anzaldúa
Melissa Wright

Burnt Offerings to Rationality: A Feminist Reading of the Construction of Indigenous Peoples in Enrique Dussel’s Theory of Modernity
Lynda Lange

Gender, Development, and Post-Enlightenment Philosophies of Science
Sandra Harding