SANDRA G. HARDING (born 1935) is an American philosopher of feminist
and postcolonial theory , epistemology , research methodology, and
philosophy of science . She taught for two decades at the University
of Delaware before moving to the University of California, Los Angeles
in 1996. She directed the
UCLA Center for the Study of Women from 1996
to 2000, and co-edited Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
from 2000 to 2005. She is currently a Distinguished Professor Emeritus
of Education and Gender Studies at UCLA and a Distinguished
Affiliate Professor of Philosophy at
Michigan State University
She has developed the research standard of “strong objectivity ,” and contributed to the articulation of standpoint methodology . This kind of research process starts off from questions that arise in the daily lives of people in oppressed groups. To answer such questions, it “studies up”, examining the principles, practices and cultures of dominant institutions, from the design and management of which oppressed groups have been excluded. She has also contributed to the development of feminist, anti-racist, multicultural, and postcolonial studies of the natural and social sciences, asking the extent to which paradigms like feminist empiricism are useful for promoting to goals of feminist inquiry. She is the author or editor of many books and essays on these topics, and was one of the founders of the fields of feminist epistemology and philosophy of science . This work has been influential in the social sciences and in women /gender studies across the disciplines. It has helped to create new kinds of discussions about how best to relink scientific research to pro-democratic goals.
She has been a Visiting Professor at the
University of Amsterdam
During what is known now as the " Science Wars ", she was part of a debate regarding the value-neutrality of the sciences. This aspect of her work has been criticized by some scientists. Harding referred to Newton\'s Principia Mathematica as a "rape manual" in her 1986 book "The Science Question in Feminism", a characterization that she later said she regretted.
* 1 Education and career * 2 Awards, honors, and fellowships
* 3 Works
* 3.1 Books * 3.2 Essays
* 4 See also * 5 References * 6 Further reading * 7 External links
EDUCATION AND CAREER
Sandra Harding received her undergraduate degree from Douglass
College of Rutgers University in 1956. After 12 years working as legal
researcher, editor, and fifth-grade math teacher in New York City and
Poughkeepsie, N.Y., she returned to graduate school and earned a
doctorate from the Department of Philosophy at
New York University
Her first university teaching job was at The Allen Center of the
State University of New York at Albany , an experimental critical
social sciences college which was “defunded” by the state of New
York in 1976. She then joined the Department of Philosophy at the
University of Delaware
From 1994 to 1996 she was Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at UCLA on a half-time basis. In 1996 she was appointed Director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, which is a research institute. She held that position until 2000. Meanwhile, since 1996 she has been a Professor in the Graduate Department of Education and the Department of Gender Studies at UCLA. In 2012 she was appointed Distinguished Professor of Education and Gender Studies. From 2000 to 2005 she also was co-editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.
She has held Visiting Professor appointments at the University of
University of Costa Rica (1990), the Swiss Federal
Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) (1987), and the Asian Institute
of Technology , Bangkok (1994). In 2011 she was appointed a
Distinguished Affiliate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at
Michigan State University
She has been a consultant to several
She has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals in the fields of philosophy, women’s studies, science studies, social research methodology, and African philosophy. She has lectured at more than 300 colleges, universities, and conferences in North America as well as in Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Her books, essays and book chapters have been translated into dozens of languages and reprinted in hundreds of anthologies.
The gender, race, colonial and postcolonial issues on which she has
focused have been controversial within scholarly circles. They have
also reached popular awareness during several episodes of the
“culture wars.” The John Birch Society wrote to the President of
University of Delaware
AWARDS, HONORS, AND FELLOWSHIPS
* 2013. Awarded
John Desmond Bernal Prize of Society for the Social
Studies of Science (4S).
* 2012. Appointed Distinguished Professor of Education and Gender
* 2011. Appointed Distinguished Affiliate Professor of Philosophy,
Michigan State University, East Lansing
* 2009. Received
American Education Research Association (AERA)
Award for Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education
* 2007-08. Appointed as a Phi Beta Kappa National Lecturer.
* 2007. Awarded The Douglass (College) Society Membership.
* 2000-05 Co-editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and
* 1990 Woman Philosopher of the Year, Eastern Division Society for
Women in Philosophy.
* 1989. Elected to membership in
* (ed.), Can Theories be Refuted? Essays on the Duhem-Quine Thesis, 1976. * The Science Question in Feminism, 1986. * with Jean F. O'Barr (ed.), Sex and Scientific Inquiry, 1987. * (ed.), Feminism and Methodology: Social Science Issues, 1987. * Whose Science? Whose Knowledge?: Thinking from Women's Lives, 1991. * (ed.), The ‘Racial’ Economy of Science: Toward a Democratic Future, 1993. * Is Science Multicultural? Postcolonialisms, Feminisms, and Epistemologies, 1998. * with Uma Narayan (ed.), Decentering the Center: Philosophy for a Multicultural, Postcolonial, and Feminist World, 2000. * with Robert Figueroa (ed.), Science and Other Cultures: Issues in Philosophies of Science and Technology, 2003. * with Merrill B. Hintikka (ed.), Discovering Reality: Feminist Perspectives on Epistemology, Metaphysics, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science. Second Edition, 2003 (1983). * (ed.), Feminist Standpoint Theory Reader, 2004. * Science and Social Inequality: Feminist and Postcolonial Issues, 2006. * Sciences From Below: Feminisms, Postcolonialities, and Modernities, 2008. * (ed.), The Postcolonial Science and Technology Studies Reader, Duke UP 2011
* “Objectivity and Diversity” Encyclopedia of Diversity in
Education, ed. James Banks. Thousand Oaks: Sage 2012.
* “Standpoint Methodologies and Epistemologies: A Logic of
Scientific Inquiry for People,”
* ^ A B C D E F G H I , Sandra Harding's GSEIS Profile. * ^ http://www.genderstudies.ucla.edu/people/faculty * ^ http://www.philosophy.msu.edu/people/faculty/sandraharding/ * ^ http://www.ethrat.ch/en/eth-domain/federal-institutes-technology * ^ http://unctad.org/en/Pages/cstd.aspx * ^ Sullivan, M.C. (1996) A Mathematician Reads Social Text, AMS Notices 43(10), 1127-1131. * ^ Nemecek, S. (1997) The Furor Over Feminist Science, Scientific American 276(1), 99-100. * ^ Steiner, Linda (2014), "Sandra Harding: the less false accounts of feminist standpoint epistemology", in Hannan, Jason, Philosophical profiles in the theory of communication, New York: Peter Lang, pp. 261–289, ISBN 9781433126345 . * ^ ,. * ^ , * ^
* Callahan, Joan and Nancy Tuana. “Feminist Philosophy Interview
Project: Feminist Philosophers In Their Own Words.” Video available
for purchase at Penn State Rock Ethics Institute webpage:
* Harding, Sandra. 2002. “Philosophy as Work and Politics,” in
The Philosophical I: Personal Reflections on Life in Philosophy, ed.
George Yancy. Lanham Mass: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 23-42
* Hinterberger, Amy. 2013. “Curating postcolonial critique”,
Social Studies of Science 43(4) 619-627. (Review of The Postcolonial
Science and Technology Studies Reader.)
* Hirsch, Elizabeth and Gary A. Olson “Starting From Marginalized
Lives A Conversation with Sandra Harding,” JAC 15:2. (1995).
* Marsan, Loren. 2008. ”Thinking from Women’s Lives: Sandra
Harding, Standpoint, and Science.” Video available at
* Richardson, Sarah S. 2010. “
Feminist philosophy of science:
history, contributions, and challenges,” Synthese 177:337-362.
* Rooney, Phyllis. 2007. “The Marginalization of Feminist
* "Starting from Marginalized Lives: A Conversation with Sandra Harding" by Elizabeth Hirsh and Gary A. Olson