Book Review: Rationality and Feminist Philosophy
This book is a defence of rationality, at least partly, on feminist grounds. In it Heikes argues that feminists should embrace rationality rather than giving it a bad press. There are, broadly speaking, two strands to Heikes’ argument. First, she claims that concepts dear to feminists such as justice, fairness, equality and rights are largely indefensible without a conception of ‘autonomous rationality’ (p. 16). Second, she argues that feminists should stop flogging a dead horse, since mainstream philosophy has largely abandoned the Cartesian conception of rationality that feminists like to flog.