Thinking Ecologically, Thinking Responsibly

The Legacies of Lorraine Code

Edited by Nancy Arden McHugh & Andrea Doucet

Subjects: Philosophy, Environmental Studies, Environmental Philosophy, Women's Studies, Indigenous Studies
Hardcover : 9781438486352, 350 pages, December 2021
Paperback : 9781438486369, 350 pages, July 2022

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Table of contents


Nancy Arden McHugh and Andrea Doucet

Part I: "Knowing Well": Epistemic Responsibility and Epistemologies of Ignorance

1. Ignorance and Responsibility: "Knowledge Didn't Agree with Slavery," Learning to Read Frances E. W. Harper, 1872
Catherine Villanueva Gardner

2. Epistemic Ignorance, Epistemic Distortion, and Narrative History "Thick" and "Thin"
Kamili Posey

3. Epistemic Deadspaces: Prisons, Politics, and Place
Nancy Arden McHugh

Part II: "Epistemologies of Everyday Life": Narratives, Stories, Testimonies, and Gossip

4. Gossip as Ecological Discourse
Karen Adkins

5. A Murex, an Angel Wing, the Wider Shore: An Ecological and Politico-Ethico-Onto-Epistemological Approach to Narratives, Stories, and Testimonies
Andrea Doucet

6. Allowing for the Unexpected: The Thought of Lorraine Code and Mikhail Bakhtin in Conversation
Catherine Maloney

Part III: Reimagining "The Force of Paradigms": Health, Medical, and Scientific Injustice

7. Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and Ecological Thinking
Carolyn J. Craig

8. Knowledge Practices as Matters of Care: A Diffractive Dialogue between Lorraine Code's Ecological Thinking and Karen Barad's Agential Realism
Émilie Dionne

9. An Ecological Application to Service-Users in Psychiatry: The Social Imaginary and Ethical, Political, and Epistemological Relationships
Nancy Nyquist Potter

Part IV: "Human and Nonhuman Life (and) the Complexity of Interrelationships": Environmental Justice, Climate Change, and Ecological Responsibility

10. Rethinking Code's Approach of Ecological Thinking from an Indigenous Relational Perspective
Ranjan Datta

11. How Does the Monoculture Grow? A Temporal Critique of Code's Ecological Thinking
Esme G. Murdock

12. Taking Code to Sea
Susan Reid

13. Climate Advocacy as a Form of Epistemic Responsibility: A Case Study
Codi Stevens

Appendix: "I Am a Part of All That I Have Met": A Conversation with Lorraine Code on "Knowledge Processes and the Responsibilities of Knowing"
Lorraine Code, with Andrea Doucet and Nancy Arden McHugh

Lorraine Code's Body of Work: Key Works, 1973–2021
List of Contributors

Engages and extends the feminist philosopher Lorraine Code’s groundbreaking work on epistemology and ethics.


Thinking Ecologically, Thinking Responsibly brings together a transdisciplinary cohort of feminist, critical race, Indigenous, and decolonial scholars who build upon and seek to widen and deepen the legacy and potential of feminist philosopher Lorraine Code's work. Since the publication of her 1987 book Epistemic Responsibility, Code has been at the forefront of linking epistemologies, ontologies, ethics, and epistemic injustice to guide critical frameworks for responsible, situated knowing and practices. This volume both enacts and expands Code's theories, epistemologies, and practices. It points to how concepts such as epistemic responsibility and approaches like ecological thinking are not only theoretical frameworks for knowing the world well; they are also practices and approaches that more and more feminists and critical thinkers are embodying in their work in order to think, write, and live critically and responsibly.

Nancy Arden McHugh is Executive Director of the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Dayton. She is the coeditor (with Heidi Grasswick) of Making the Case: Feminist and Critical Race Philosophers Engage Case Studies and the author of The Limits of Knowledge: Generating Pragmatist Feminist Cases for Situated Knowing, both also published by SUNY Press. Andrea Doucet is Professor of Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies at Brock University and Canada Research Chair in Gender, Work and Care. She is the author of Do Men Mother? Second Edition and the coauthor (with Janet Siltanen) of Gender Relations in Canada: Intersectionalities and Social Change, Second Edition.