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Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of…

Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing

by Miranda Fricker

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An "epistemic injustice" is one that wrongs an individual in their capacity as a knower. Fricker offers as examples the "testimonial injustice", where we discredit someone's conversational offerings on account of their identity (e.g., discounting what a woman says because "women are emotional, irrational creatures") and the "hermeneutical injustice", where we lack the language to express certain elements of one's own experience in a socially intelligible fashion (e.g., the difficult in characterizing "sexual harassment" before that term became popularized in the 1970s and 80s). These wrongs seem to be in some ways obvious, but these problems are often skipped past in philosophical work (or assumed not to exist); Fricker gives the issue the attention and rigor it deserves. It is entirely worthwhile that this book as been a force within feminist philosophy circles for close to a decade now. Moreover, Fricker writes with a clarity and lucidity that does not always typify philosophy works. This is a book that can be read and enjoyed by intellectually curious persons of any background. Highly recommended. ( )
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"In this exploration of new territory between ethics and epistemology, Miranda Fricker argues that there is a distinctively epistemic type of injustice, in which someone is wronged specifically in their capacity as a knower. Justice is one of the oldest and most central themes in philosophy, but in order to reveal the ethical dimension of our epistemic practices the focus must shift to injustice. Fricker adjusts the philosophical lens so that we see through to the negative space that is epistemic injustice."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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