A Phenomenological Perspective On Feminist Critique Of Reason


  • Hafiz Syed Husain Department of Philosophy,University of Karachi
  • Dr.Mustafa Hyder Department of Public Administration, University of Karachi
  • Dr.Mariam Sultana Department of Mathematical Sciences,Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology,Karachi




This study expounds a phenomenological perspective on feminist critique of reason. Following the lead of Nagl-Docekal, a hypothesis is reached by which a possibility is recognized that the feminist argument which is founded on gendering the unity of reason is mistaken. This gendering ultimately results in identifying the traditional manifestations of reason as a structure of oppressive power dynamics which feminist philosophy deems masculine. Although, this investigation admits that some of the main premises of feminist argument are supported by evidence, however, the main contention is that its conclusion is problematic. A phenomenology of reason is proposed, after Edmund Husserl‟s transcendental phenomenology, with the intention of providing support for the validity of hypothesis and offer better prospects for a critique of reason. Furthermore, It is also argued that phenomenology of reason so outlined already incorporates the valid aspects of feminist critique of reason. The methodology of this investigation is comparative-analytic. The purpose of this study is to provide a philosophical foundation for feminist critique of reason which is aimed at unmasking the illicit pretensions of the oppressive dynamics exhibited in the name of reason.




How to Cite

Husain, H. S., Hyder, M., & Sultana, M. (2020). A Phenomenological Perspective On Feminist Critique Of Reason. Pakistan Journal of Gender Studies, 20(1), 39–54. https://doi.org/10.46568/pjgs.v20i1.419