By Lauren Swayne Barthold
This ebook attracts at the hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer to notify a feminist viewpoint of social identities. Lauren Swayne Barthold strikes past solutions that both safeguard the target nature of identities or push aside their importance altogether. construction at the paintings of either hermeneutic and non-hermeneutic feminist theorists of identification, she asserts the relevance of thoughts like horizon, coherence, discussion, play, software, and pageant for constructing a conception of id. This quantity argues that as intersubjective interpretations, social identities are very important methods of fostering which means and reference to others. Barthold additionally demonstrates how a hermeneutic method of social identities offers evaluations of and resistance to identity-based oppression.
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Returning to the question of what actual work the appeal to a HIR does, the realist would answer that it provides a criterion for—even if in the form of resistance or causality as opposed to a pure reason—true belief. Alcoff insists that the role of a HIR is to “exert constraint on the ‘true’” (Alcoff 1996, 66). But is “reality” thus conceived really what convinces the young earthers, racists, sexists, or global-warming deniers of their folly? Is an appeal to brute “reality,” in this sense, enough to effect practical change?
For example, the claim that glasses help me function in the world implies that “there is a world really there” that I desire to see. This position is implied by Haslanger when she maintains that saying that our “experience/discourse is a ‘further formation’ of that reality” or saying “that it aptly captures it” amounts to the same thing (Haslanger 2012, 155). But I disagree. Note that the “further formation” citation is taken from Butler’s statement quoted earlier by Haslanger that describes the referentiality of language to mean language cannot refer to a pure a priori body but always expresses a “further formation of that body” (Haslanger 2012, 153).
A fruitful conversation is one in which, for example, the two speakers can hear each other clearly and there is an uninterrupted connection, and so on. When philosophers make a general claim about “accessing the world,” they are conflating mundane “reality” talk with an urge to try to substantiate such language with philosophical concepts. When one claims that glasses help one read words on the page, one is not defending the reality of the text-as-world but declaring that these glasses prove fruitful since they allow access to meaning that one already deems important.
A Hermeneutic Approach to Gender and Other Social Identities by Lauren Swayne Barthold