n this session, we will use debates in feminist epistemology to re-assess some of the different arguments addressed in the course. On the one hand, feminism has been a major stimulus to the reconstruction of social science and the questioning of mainstream social science as 'male-stream'. On the other hand, feminists have also expressed their suspicion at the deconstruction of 'reason' as male, just when 'reason' appears to be on the side of women. The session will be organised in terms of debates over 'feminist empiricism', 'standpoint theory', 'postmodern feminism' and black/majority world feminism. We will look at the question, to be taken up further next week, of who has the right to speak. Are only women able to interpret the social condition of other women, as some standpoint theorists argue, or is there no such thing as authentic experience as postmodern feminists such as Joan Scott claim? In what way too have black and majority world feminists criticised the universalising tendency of western feminisms to speak about women as united and homogeneous? In what ways can some of these epistemological problems be overcome through the introduction of reflexive and auto-biographical research methodologies?