DONNA HARAWAY MODEST WITNESS PDF

Drawing upon Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer's book on Robert Boyle and modern conceptions of scientific objectity, Donna Haraway explains the central importance of a particular kind witness with specifically non-female modesty as. This is the virtue that guarantees that the modest witness is the legitimate and authorized ventriloquist for the object world, adding nothing from his mere opinions, from his biasing embodiment. And so he is endowed with the remarkable power to establish the facts. He bears witness: he is objective; he guarantees the clarity and purity of objects.

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Drawing upon Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer's book on Robert Boyle and modern conceptions of scientific objectity, Donna Haraway explains the central importance of a particular kind witness with specifically non-female modesty as.

This is the virtue that guarantees that the modest witness is the legitimate and authorized ventriloquist for the object world, adding nothing from his mere opinions, from his biasing embodiment. And so he is endowed with the remarkable power to establish the facts. He bears witness: he is objective; he guarantees the clarity and purity of objects.

His subjectivity is his objectivity. His narratives have a magical power — they lose all trace of their history as stories, as products of partisan projects, as contestable representations, or as constructed documents in their potent capacity to define the facts.

The narratives become clear mirrors, fully magical mirrors, without once appealing to the transcendental or the magical.

Following Shapin and Schaffer, Haraway points to Robert Boyle as "the father of chemistry and, even more important, father of the experimental way of life" because in the s and s he helped create three "technologies": a material technology in the form of the the air-pump a literary technology "by means of which the phenomena produced by the pump were made known to those who were not direct witnesses" a social technology that established scientific conventions for evaluating knowledge-claims Shapin and Schaffer, According to Haraway, "the social and literary technologies of proper witnessing.

This separation of expert knowledge from mere opinion as the legitimating knowledge for ways of life, without appeal to transcendent authority or to abstract certainty of any kind, is a founding gesture of what we call modernity" The literary technology — "the rhetoric of the modest witness" — relied on an "unadorned, factual" style. Both the facts and the witnesses inhabit the privileged zones of "objective" reality through a powerful writing technology" Readers interested in Haraway's work might wish to consult the materials in the Cyberspace and Critical Theory web concerning gender and the relations of humanity and technology.

Donna J. New York and London: Routledge, Princeton: Princeton UP, Drawing upon Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer's book on Robert Boyle and modern conceptions of scientific objectity, Donna Haraway explains the central importance of a particular kind witness with specifically non-female modesty as one of the founding virtues of what we call modernity. Related Materials Readers interested in Haraway's work might wish to consult the materials in the Cyberspace and Critical Theory web concerning gender and the relations of humanity and technology.

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Haraway is crazy like a fox. I'm never sure how much of her writing I should take seriously and how much she just throws out there to wake people's brains up. Regardless, she has some great ideas and some incredibly stupid ones, but her writing is never mediocre. An influential historian of science and cultural studies theorist, Haraway attended Colorado College and then Yale University, where she received a Ph.

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Donna J. Haraway, with paintings by Lynn M. I am writing this review a couple of weeks after the death of Dr. Benjamin Spock. Listening to some of the news reports about him after reading Haraway's book, I am acutely aware of the contradictions that permeate the public accounts of this man's life. Perhaps by the time you read this, I won't be the only one who has commented on how singularly this man's most notable work is an icon of the male-centered scientific way of life. Ask yourself these questions: Is child-rearing more precise, perfect, and predictable after Dr.

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