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Introduction

However, the relation of feminist philosophers to the canon is complex and contested. Feminists, by definition, are in some way troubled by their traditional roots; they question or reject some aspects of the tradition, using it with a critical stance. Regardless of other differences among feminist philosophers, they would agree that many philosophers have held sexist or even misogynist views and that the androcentric features of philosophy make it limited, biased, and liable to oppressive use. They have also found racism, class bias, and other signs of privilege among

traditional philosophers. However, feminist philosophers disagree about the cen­ trality and depth of androcentrism in philosophy, debating which features (and fig­ ures) of the western tradition can be incorporated into theories that are fruitful for women and which must be discarded as hopelessly tainted.