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Ecological thinking views situation as a place from which to know and a place to know or to interrogate to understand how that location enables or disables the ability to know. Thus not only does knowledge come from a more critical perspective, but is also knowledge that interrogates that perspective. Ecological thinking seeks to understand the differences between particular epistemic locations and seeks to negotiate differences within these locations. According to Code, ecological thinking is also more sympathetic to the natural and social sciences, yet is still critical of the sciences as the ultimate epistemological authority.

Realizing the Archaic Future (1999). Decolonisation: in Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity (2003) Chandra Talpade Mohanty describes decolonisation as the critical, historical and collective democracy promoting process through which colonised people transform ‘self, community, and governance structures’ (7). It involves ‘an active withdrawal of consent and resistance to structure of psychic and social domination’ and results in a radical transformation of social structures and individual and collective identity (7–8).

Ignorance and its epistemological and ethical significance have been the subject of several important feminist texts across feminist philosophy. For example, Marilyn Frye in her essay ‘On Being White’ (in Frye, 1983) argues that ignorance is frequently wilful. Luce Irigaray in This Sex Which Is Not One (1985a) argues that ignorance is actively constructed around women’s sexuality. FEMINIST PHILOSOPHIES A–Z 37 Essentialism: the view that an object has an essence that defines, makes or determines what that entity is.

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