Philosophy Talk: Science and Gender | KALW

Philosophy Talk: Science and Gender

Nov 25, 2016

Is science inherently sexist, or is it just practiced that way?


What does gender have to do with science? The obvious answer is ‘nothing.’ Science is the epitome of an objective, rational, and disinterested enterprise. But given the history of systemic under-representation of women in science, what does it mean that science answers almost exclusively to the methodologies of men? Has male domination contributed certain unfounded assumptions or cognitive biases to the ‘objectivity’ of scientific inquiry? Is there any possibility of achieving a gender-neutral science, and if so, what would that look like? John and Ken make room at the table for Stanford historian Londa Schiebinger, author of Gendered Innovations in Science and Engineering. Sunday 11/27 at 10 am and Tuesday 11/29 at 12 noon.