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Keller, E.F. (1978). Gender and Science. Psychoanal. Contemp. Thought, 1(3):409-433.

(1978). Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought, 1(3):409-433

Gender and Science

Evelyn Fox Keller, Ph.D.

I. Introduction

The requirements of … correctness in practical judgements and objectivity in theoretical knowledge … belong as it were in their form and their claims to humanity in general, but in their actual historical configuration they are masculine throughout. Supposing that we describe these things, viewed as absolute ideas, by the single word ‘objective’, we then find that in the history of our race the equation objective = masculine is a valid one [George Simmel, quoted by Horney, 1926, p. 200]

In articulating the commonplace, Simmel steps outside of the convention of academic discourse. The historically pervasive association between masculine and objective, more specifically between masculine and scientific, is a topic which academic critics resist taking seriously.

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