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Veranstaltungstitel Epistemic Injustice
Kennzeichen 50366/50361
Veranstaltungsart Blockseminar
Fachgruppe Philosophie
Semester Winter 2021
Dozent(en) Andrea Giananti
Empfehlung(en) Studiensemester 1. Semester (P&E Master)
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P4*: Erkenntnistheorie II
P6.v: Theoretische Philosophie




Justice and injustice are widely discussed in political and moral philosophy: theoreticians in this field investigate what it means for a society or an individual or a policy to be just – in this pursuit, philosophers engage in abstract theorising about our concepts of justice and injustice as much as on concrete descriptions of what individuals experience as just or unjust. Epistemologists, on the other hand, often concern themselves with an abstract analysis of epistemic concepts (e.g., knowledge), but less on the concrete experiences involved in being a knower. Furthermore, when epistemologists talk about values and norms, they tend to stick to things such as rationality, coherence, and reasonableness.


Miranda Fricker in her influential book Epistemic Injustice reconnects epistemology on the one hand with the experiences of people who are able to know things in virtue of their epistemic powers, the exercise of which can be facilitated or hindered by other people and society at large; on the other hand with the value of justice(and the negative value of injustice). Following Fricker’s account we will focus on the case of testimony and on the virtue of testimonial justice. Much of what we know depends in one way or another by others’ testimony, so it matters that our practices of attributing testimonial credibility to others be in order: it matters epistemically because otherwise we will be easily fooled by untrustworthy sources, and we will lose opportunities for knowledge by questioning authoritative sources. It also matters morally, because attributing credibility in a wrong way (for example attributing low credibility to people with a particular ethnical background) can have consequence for the dignity of the individual. 


We will also connect Fricker’s book to contemporary debates on ‘gaslighting’ and on ‘white ignorance’.


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