Words of Power: A Feminist Reading of the History of Logic (Thinking Gender)-Andrea Nye

  • Title: Words of Power: A Feminist Reading of the History of Logic (Thinking Gender)
  • Author: Andrea Nye
  • Released: 1990-07-13
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  • Pages: 256
  • ISBN: 0415902002
  • ISBN13: 978-0415902007
  • ASIN: 0415902002


Is logic masculine? Is women's lack of interest in the "hard core" philosophical disciplines of formal logic and semantics symptomatic of an inadequacy linked to sex? Is the failure of women to excel in pure mathematics and mathematical science a function of their inability to think rationally?

Andrea Nye undermines the assumptions that inform these questions, assumptions such as: logic is unitary, logic is independenet of concrete human relations, and logic transcends historical circumstances as well as gender. In a series of studies of the logics of historical figures--Parmenides, Plato, Aristotle, Zeno, Abelard, Ockham, and Frege--she traces the changing interrelationships between logical innovation and oppressive speech strategies, showing that logic is not transcendent truth but abstract forms of language spoken by men, whether Greek ruling citizens, or scientists.
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