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Secrets of Life/Secrets of Death: Essays on Language, Gender and Science

Keller, Evelyn Fox

 This in a sense is an update of Keller’s position re gender and science. She believes there is a reality "out there" beyond our construction of it and that many factors can muddy the glass through which we look, gender being only one. She argues against those who propose that the subject of science is not objective and that it is composed of language, not reality beyond us. She tries to meet squarely the fact that "just because we are finite beings, located, situated, embodied, we can, and can only, muddle through. ... scientists muddle through with staggering success. ... It depends not on any possibility of translating thought into action, but on the conjoining practices of a colluding community of common language speakers" (p. 181). These essays for the most part are aimed at this end.
Publisher Information:New York: Routledge, 1992. 195p. Bibl: 183-195
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