LYNN HANKINSON NELSON
Professor of Philosophy, University of Washington
Lynn Hankinson Nelson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Washington where she teaches courses in the history and philosophy of science, and in feminist philosophy. She is the author of Who Knows: From Quine to Feminist Empiricism (Temple 1990) and co-author with Jack Nelson of On Quine (Wadsworth 2001). She has edited a special issue of Synthese (1995) devoted to Feminism and Science and is co-editor with Alison Wylie of a special issue of Hypatia devoted to Feminist Science Studies (Jan. 2004). She is co-editor with Jack Nelson of Feminism, Science, and the Philosophy of Science (Kluwer 1996) and Feminist Interpretations of W.V. Quine (Penn State 2003). She and Jack enjoy sailing on Puget Sound.
Citing explanations of human behavior offered by evolutionary psychologists, I argue that scientists have a moral responsibility to uphold the highest epistemic standards when their hypotheses carry significant social and/or political implications.