Nancy Hartsock

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Nancy Hartsock (1943–2015) was a feminist philosopher. She was known for her work in feminist epistemology and standpoint theory, especially the essay "The Feminist Standpoint",[1] which also integrated Melanie Klein's theories on psychoanalysis and the Oedipal crisis. Her standpoint theory derived from Marxism, which claims that the proletariat has a distinctive perspective on social relations and that only this perspective reveals the truth. She drew 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 was professor of political science at the University of Washington.[2]

Selected bibliography[edit]


  • 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, Colorado: Westview Press. ISBN 0813315581. 

Chapters in books[edit]

  • Hartsock, Nancy (2004), "The feminist standpoint: developing the ground for a specifically feminist historical materialism", in Harding, Sandra, The feminist standpoint theory reader: intellectual and political controversies, New York: Routledge, pp. 35–54, ISBN 9780415945011. 

Journal articles[edit]

Also available as:Hartsock, Nancy (1981), "Political change: two perspectives on power", in Bunch, Charlotte, Building feminist theory: essays from "Quest", New York, New York: Longman, pp. 3–19, ISBN 9780582282100. 
Also available as:Hartsock, Nancy (1989), "Postmodernism and political change: issues for feminist theory", in Hartsock, Nancy; Przybylowicz, Donna; McCallum, Pamela, Cultural Critique, special issue no. 14: The construction of gender and modes of social division II, Cary, North Carolina: Oxford University Press, OCLC 60609387. 
See also: Hekman, Susan (Winter 1997). "Truth and method: feminist standpoint theory revisited". Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (The University of Chicago Press via JSTOR) 22 (2): 341–365. JSTOR 3175275. 


  1. ^ Feminist Philosophies, pp. 57–58.
  2. ^ "Faculty: Nancy Hartsock, Professor Emeritus". Political Science Department, University of Washington. Retrieved 15 January 2015.