Nancy Hartsock

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Nancy Hartsock (born 1943) is a feminist philosopher. She is known for her work in feminist epistemology and standpoint theory, especially the essay "The Feminist Standpoint",[1] which also integrates Melanie Klein's theories on psychoanalysis and the Oedipal crisis. Her standpoint theory derives from Marxism, which claims that the proletariat has a distinctive perspective on social relations and that only this perspective reveals the truth. She draws an analogy between the industrial labor of the proletariat and the domestic labor of women to show that women can also have a distinctive standpoint.

Hartsock is currently a professor of political science at the University of Washington.[2]


  • Hartsock, Nancy (1983). Money, sex, and power : toward a feminist historical materialism. New York: Longman. ISBN 0582282799. 
  • Hartsock, Nancy (1998). The feminist standpoint revisited and other essays. Boulder, Colo: Westview Press. ISBN 0813315581. 
  • Hartsock, Nancy Postmodernism And Political Change in Przybylowicz, D. et al (1999) The construction of gender and modes of social division, Cultural critique, no. 13-14, New York, Telos Press.
  • Hartsock, Nancy (1974) 'Political change: Two perspectives on power.' Quest: a feminist quarterly, Vol. I, No. I Reprinted in Bunch, C. et al. (Eds.), Building Feminist Theory: Essays from Quest (1981), New York: Longman, pp. 3 - 19.


  1. ^ Feminist Philosophies, p. 57–58.
  2. ^ "Political Science Department, University of Washington"