The arguments in this book are informed at once by the moral-political implications of how knowledge is produced and circulated and by issues of gendered subjectivity. In their critical dimension, these lucid essays engage with the incapacity of the philosophical mainstream's dominant epistemologies to offer regulative principles that guide people in the epistemic projects that figure centrally in their lives. In its constructive dimension, Rhetorical Spaces focuses on developing productive, case-by-case analyses of knowing other people in situations where social-political inequalities create asymmetrical patterns of epistemic power and privilege.
1. Responsibility and Rhetoric; 2. Taking Subjectivity into Account; 3. Incredulity, Experientialism, and the Politics of Knowledge; 4. Persons, and Others; 5. Who Cares? The Poverty of Objectivism for a Moral Epistemology; 6. I know Just How You Feel: Empathy and the Problem of Epistemic Authority; 7. Gossip, or In Praise of Chaos; 8. Voice and Voicelessness: A Modest Proposal?; 9. Must a Feminist Be a Relativist After All?; 10. Critiques of Pure Reason.