Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing by Miranda Fricker

By Miranda Fricker

During this exploration of recent territory among ethics and epistemology, Miranda Fricker argues that there's a distinctively epistemic form of injustice, within which anyone is wronged in particular of their capability as a knower. Justice is without doubt one of the oldest and such a lot crucial issues in philosophy, yet so as to display the moral measurement of our epistemic practices the focal point needs to shift to injustice. Fricker adjusts the philosophical lens in order that we see via to the unfavourable house that's epistemic injustice.

The booklet explores sorts of epistemic injustice, every one pushed by means of a sort of prejudice, and from this exploration comes a good account of 2 corrective ethical-intellectual virtues. The characterization of those phenomena casts mild on many matters, akin to social energy, prejudice, advantage, and the family tree of data, and it proposes a advantage epistemological account of testimony. during this ground-breaking booklet, the entanglements of cause and social energy are traced in a brand new approach, to bare different different types of epistemic injustice and their position within the huge trend of social injustice.

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"Overall, Epistemic Injustice is an exhilarating exam of a frequent challenge that's not often mentioned in such phrases in order that it may be understood and communicated, and maybe, sometime, solved."--Feminist Review

"An unique and stimulating contribution to modern epistemology.... there's a lot to recognize in Fricker's publication. it really is transparent, well-written and well-structured. the reasons and arguments are rigorous with out being overly technical, and the illustrations are attention-grabbing and felicitous. particularly, the publication constitutes a awesome instance of the way modern epistemology may be enriched through an in depth realization to our studies, and of the way our knowing of epistemic issues will be deepened in the course of the deployment of rules from ethics, plitical thought and feminist philosophy. hence, Epistemic Injustice makes an important contribution, not only to epistemology, yet to the entire disciplines."--Michael Brady, research Reviews

"In this dependent and ground-breaking paintings, Fricker names the phenomenon of epistemic injustice, and distinguishes crucial varieties of it, with their corresponding treatments. because the name conveys, Fricker is operating within the newly fertile borderland among theories of price and of information. we're social creatures-something that has a tendency to be forgotten by way of conventional analytic epistemology. we're additionally knowers-something that has a tendency to be forgotten through power-obsessed postmodern theorizing. Fricker steers a cautious passage among the Scylla of the only and the Charybdis of the opposite. . . . The booklet is not just a superb, bold try to carry ethics and epistemology jointly in a manner that has not often been performed sooner than, it's also a gorgeous, and strong, try and identify whatever that issues. What development, in an effort to identify the enemy, be it sexual harassment or epistemic injustice!" --Rae Langton, Hypatia

"bold and well-argued . . . wealthy and assuredly written . . . someone whose philosophical curiosity within the notion of data extends past in basic terms definitional concerns, and addresses its moral and political dimensions in addition to its family tree, can unwell have enough money to disregard this book" -- Axel Gelfert, occasions Literary complement

"Miranda Fricker's first-class monograph occupies a few fairly uncharted philosophical territory, being 'neither straightforwardly a piece of ethics nor straightforwardly a piece of epistemology', yet as a substitute looking to '[renegotiate] a stretch of the border among those regions'...her dialogue is exceptionally lucid and persuasive...the booklet is an admirable reminder of what could be complete in below 200 pages of crisp but free-flowing philosophical prose. It merits, and should definitely command, common attention." --Sabina Lovibond, Philosophy

"excellent and good argued . . . this is often an immense and well timed booklet, argued with care and illustrated with particular and compelling examples . . . an exemplary dialogue of the intersection of data and power." --Kathleen Lennon Philosophical Quarterly

"This is a superb publication not only for social or feminist epistemologists, yet for the self-discipline as an entire. Fricker succeeds admirably in attaining her major target of providing an in depth and wide-ranging moral and epistemological research of testimonial injustice . . . furthermore, the publication is superbly written" --Martin Kusch, brain

"In this elegantly crafted ebook, Miranda Fricker's well timed venture of 'looking on the adverse house that's epistemic injustice' involves fruition...this is a path-breaking study." --Lorraine Code, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"In a frequently gripping demeanour, Fricker cuts throughout philosophical subdisciplines with the intention to divulge a number of the extra sinister elements of our epistemic practices. For somebody attracted to ethics, epostemology, or social and political philosophy, this is often definitely a must-read." --Francesco Pupa, Metaphilosophy

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As it turns out, the members of the jury stick with their prejudiced perception of the defendant, formed principally by the racial stereotypes of the day. ¹⁸ But when it comes to the verdict, the jurors go along with the automatic distrust delivered by the prejudices that structure their perception of the speaker. They find him guilty. And it is important that we are to interpret the novel so that the jurors really do find him guilty. That is to say, they do not privately find him innocent yet cynically convict him anyway.

Arpaly, however, seems to go on to imply that such an ethical flaw on the part of the subject is a definitive feature of prejudice per se. I am unsure whether she intends to commit herself on this score, but the point is worth raising in its own right. While it is surely correct to cast Solomon’s imagined prejudice as constituting an ethical failing on his part, this is not so of prejudice in general. Not all prejudices involve an ethical flaw on the part of the subject. There are different sorts of prejudice.

Note, however, that it is cumulative, whereas our focus has been on token cases of the injustice. I do not think it would be right to characterize any of the individual moments of credibility excess that such a person receives as in itself an instance of testimonial injustice, since none of them wrongs him sufficiently in itself. It is only if enough of them come together in the semi-fanciful manner described that each moment of credibility excess takes on the aspect of something that contributes to the subject’s being epistemically wronged over the long term.

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