Towards an revaluation of ignorance

Cynthia Townley

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The development of nonoppressive ways of knowing other persons, often across significantly different social positions, is an important project within feminism. An account of epistemic responsibility attentive to feminist concerns is developed here through a critique of epistemophilia — the love of knowledge to the point of myopia and its concurrent ignoring of ignorance. Identifying a positive role for ignorance yields an enhanced understanding of responsible knowledge practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-55
Number of pages19
JournalHypatia : a journal of feminist philosophy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • ignorance (theory of knowledge)
  • responsible knowledge practices

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