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Dr. Sandra Harding

Dr. Sandra Harding received her Ph.D. in philosophy from New York University. Her teaching and research interests are in feminist and postcolonial theory, epistemology, research methodology and philosophy of science. Dr. Harding is the author or editor of many books, most recently Decentering the Center : Philosophy for a Multicultural, Postcolonial, and Feminist World (Indiana University Press, 2000), co-edited with Uma Narayan.

Harding's The Science Question in Feminism (1986) and Whose Science? Whose Knowledge? (1991) have become classics in the philosophy of science. In The Science Question in Feminism, Harding critiques three approaches to the science question in feminism: 1) feminist empiricism, which sees the problem as lying only in bad science; 2) the feminist standpoint approach, which privileges the perspective of women in revealing masculine bias in science; and 3) the postmodern approach, which disputes basic scientific assumptions about objectivity and truth. Harding argues for a perspective that includes anti-racism and anti-classism, along with anti-sexism. In Is Science Multicultural? Postcolonialism, Feminism & Epistemologies, Harding combines the best of feminist, postmodern, and post-colonial critiques of modern science, arguing for reconstructing objectivity rather than simply embracing total relativism.

Dr. Harding is Professor of Social Sciences and Comparative Education at UCLA. She currently co-edits Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society, one of the most prestigious journals in Women's Studies.

We are pleased to have her with us for our 4th Annual Graduate Student Philosophy Conference on September 27 and 28 of 2002.