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What Sally Haslanger’s ‘Daughter’ Should Believe


Benjamin Tereick

Bayreuth, DE
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BA Philosophy and Economics
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Sally Haslanger (2007) is concerned with epistemic questions resulting from feminist critique. Her discussion is illustrated by the concrete example of a 12-year-old girl involved in an argument with her parents about whether she should be allowed to wear a crop-top. Haslanger believes that a contradiction arises because the daughter’s seemingly false statement that croptops are cute also appears to contain “important social knowledge” and thus seems to be false and correct at the same time. Haslanger tries to resolve this contradiction by making use of the concept of context-dependent truth. In this paper, I argue that Haslanger’s approach cannot sufficiently solve the problem she has formulated. However, I claim that if we carefully analyze the different components of the disagreement, its epistemic, aesthetic and normative dimensions, we will come to the conclusion that there is in fact no epistemic contradiction to be resolved.

How to Cite: Tereick, B., 2013. What Sally Haslanger’s ‘Daughter’ Should Believe. Rerum Causae, 4(1), pp.14–21.
Published on 01 Jan 2013.
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