Neurofeminism Issues at the Intersection of Feminist Theory and Cognitive Science

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-03-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Going beyond the hype of recent fMRI "findings," this interdisciplinary collection examines such questions as: Do women and men have significantly different brains? Do women empathize, while men systematize? Is there a "feminine" ethics? What does brain research on intersex conditions tell us about sex and gender?

Author Biography

Robyn Bluhm is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs at Old Dominion University, USA. Her research examines philosophical issues in medicine and psychiatry, with a particular focus on the relationship between ethical and epistemological questions arising in medical research or clinical practice Anne Jaap Jacobson is Professor of Philosophy and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston, USA, where she is also Director of the Center for Neuroengineering and Cognitive Science. She has published a number of papers on the history of philosophy, philosophy of mind and neurophilosophy, and feminist philosophy. She edited Feminist lnterpretations of Hume and authored Keeping the world in Mind, also from Palgrave Macmillan. She blogs frequently at Feministphilosophers.wordpress.com Heidi Lene Maibom is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Carleton University, Canada She has published papers on philosophy of mind, moral psychology, emotions, and psychopathology. She is currently working on a book on moral emotions

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
List of Contributorsp. x
Introductionp. 1
The Politics of Pictured Reality: Locating the Object from Nowhere in fMRIp. 11
What, If Anything, Can Neuroscience Tell Us About Gender Differences?p. 30
In a Different Voice?p. 55
The Role of Fetal Testosterone in the Development of the "Essential Difference" Between the Sexes: Some Essential Issuesp. 73
Hardwired for Sexism? Approaches to Sex/Gender in Neurosciencep. 105
Re-Queering the Brainp. 121
Situated Neuroscience: Exploring Biologies of Diversityp. 145
Cosmopolitics and the Brain: The Co-Becoming of Practices in Feminism and Neurosciencep. 175
Linking Neuroscience, Medicine, Gender and Society through Controversy and Conflict Analysis: A "Dissensus Framework" for Feminist/Queer Brain Science Studiesp. 193
Seeing as a Social Phenomenon: Feminist Theory and the Cognitive Sciencesp. 216
Beyond Neurosexism: Is It Possible to Defend the Female Brain?p. 230
Bibliographyp. 246
Name Indexp. 281
Subject Indexp. 281
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