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Robert Boyle and the Masculine Methods of Science

Sargent, Rose-Mary (2002) Robert Boyle and the Masculine Methods of Science. [Preprint]

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    In her recent case study, Elizabeth Potter attempts to show how Boyle's experimental method was biased by gender considerations. Part of her argument focuses on the combination of the "invisibility" of women in Boyle's published work together with his unpublished comments on female chastity, and part concerns Boyle's rejection of the animistic explanation of his air pump experiments by Francis Line. I argue that the historical and biographical elements of the case make Potter's arguments questionable. In addition, I address whether and how such historical cases can shed light on current debates about gender issues and argue that Boyle's methodological writings could be used to better advantage in the feminist cause.

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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Boyle Experimental Philosophy
    Subjects: General Issues > Feminist Approaches
    General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
    Conferences and Volumes: [2002] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 18th Biennial Mtg - PSA 2002: Contributed Papers (Milwaukee, WI; 2002) > PSA 2002 Symposia
    Depositing User: Rose-Mary Sargent
    Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2003
    Last Modified: 13 Sep 2015 11:30
    Item ID: 970

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