The term standpoint groups together a number of feminist epistemologies which privilege women's 'ways of knowing' above others. Standpoint theories look two ways, offering on the one hand a critique of conventional epistemologies in the social and natural sciences and defending the coherence of feminist knowledge against postmodern uncertainty on the other. Standpointism is seen as a knowledge project which assumes that correctly produced knowledge will lead to the adoption of the best political strategies, an assumption which is no longer tenable in an unpredictable postmodern world.

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