When the cognitive subject is an active woman: The case of feminist studies Cover Image

Kiedy poznający podmiot jest działającą kobietą: przypadek badań feministycznych
When the cognitive subject is an active woman: The case of feminist studies

Author(s): Barbara Worek
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Krakowie we współpracy z Wydawnictwem Naukowym Scholar
Keywords: committed research; feminist studies; qualitative research; determinants of cognition; social change

Summary/Abstract: The debates conducted by the Kraków Circle revolve around three notions: the cognitive subject, cognition, and action. The discussion in question focussed on the determinants of cognition, the relationships between cognition and action as well as the possible limitations imposed on the cognitive subject. It makes sense, however, to inquire about the impact of gender of the cognitive subject on her cognition and action. Is gender only one of many differences between cognitive subjects? Or else, is it a crucial distinction that defines both the nature of the cognitive process and the relationships between the mode of description of the world and the imperatives that should be followed in action? In an attempt to answer these questions, the authors focus on feminist research, which is committed, i.e. it crosses the line between cognition and action. In extreme cases, cognition becomes subordinated to action, since the overriding goal of cognition is to effect intentional social change.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 19
  • Page Range: 125-135
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Polish