Longino, Helen E. Science and Social Knowledge: Values and Objectivity in Scientific Inquiry. NJ: Princeton, UP, 1990.

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Start Date: September 15, 2006
End Date: September 18, 2006 *Decided not to use this source



This text was written in 1990, so it is dated. In short, Longino calls for a new way to "do" science; she expresses this new way in terms of "feminist" research methods. While I am not studying, exactly, feminist research methods in this study, I do think there are some interesting parallels to her work. Some notes:

She wrote that "some of the political critics have gone beyond the critique of particular research programs to argue that modern science, or the modern practice of science, in inherently oppressive" (186). I am interested to know if the members of Blue Obelisk feel that this statement is accurate. I emailed this list to get their opinions about such a statement.

She continues this thread by saying that the critics "have raised a corollary demand for a 'new' science - a science that is libratory rather than harnessed to the forces of domination and oppression" (186). Again, I am interested to know if the Blue Obelisk group considers themselves "libratory" in approach.