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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of her argument focuses on the combination of the "invisibility" of women in Boyle�s published work together with his unpublished comments on female chastity, and part concerns Boyle�s rejection of the animistic explanation of his air pump experiments by Francis Line.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: 07 Oct 2010 11:11
    Item ID: 970
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/970

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