Posted by: maehem | December 6, 2007

good theory

My group couldn’t come up with any specific criteria for good theory the day we discussed it in class, but I’d like to offer one with two parts. Good theory should a) come from admittedly situated knowledge, and b) consider (even in arguing with) a knowledge that comes from a location that would typically oppose the theory. For example, theory about sexism would have to combat an argument from a patriarchal perspective, and an argument that claims gender to be completely socially constructed would have to consider or argue against someone who argued for essential gender based on their location. What do you think?

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