Springer Verlag (2019)

Deborah Heikes
University of Alabama, Huntsville
This book offers a compelling examination of our moral and epistemic obligations to be reasonable people who seek to understand the social reality of those who are different from us. Considering the oppressive aspects of socially constructed ignorance, Heikes argues that ignorance produces both injustice and epistemic repression, before going on to explore how our moral and epistemic obligations to be understanding and reasonable can overcome the negative effects of ignorance. Through the combination of three separate areas of philosophical interest- ignorance, understanding, and reasonableness- Heikes seeks to find a way to correct for epistemological and moral injustices, satisfying needs in feminist theory and critical race theory for an epistemology that offers hope of overcoming the ethical problem of oppression.
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ISBN(s) 978-3-030-16484-3   978-3-030-16485-0   3030164845   9783030164843
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Postscript: Can We Have a Liberatory Epistemology?

A liberatory epistemology seeks social change through grasping the connection between knowledge and oppressive practices. By speaking of the reasonable need to overcome ignorance, such an epistemology offers reasons to understand others. Liberatory epistemology makes us better knowers by insisting w... see more

Reasonable Grounds

A moral obligation to understand the social realty of the other requires a normative ground. This ground can be found by considering the concept of reasonableness, which appeals to norms in much broader and open-ended ways than methodological accounts of reason. To be reasonable is to apply the skil... see more

Toward a Genuine Understanding

Understanding involves the grasping of networks of ideas, which itself involves seeing connections and arriving at further conclusions and interrelations. To understand people, then, is to synthesize information in ways that allow a comprehensive and systematic vision of what is going on in someone ... see more

The Power of Ignorance

Socially constructed ignorance hides important features of the social world. It also has roots in a modernism that willfully and purposively overlooks the epistemic and moral agency of those neither male nor white. Such overlooking has consequences for how power is distributed in our world. We often... see more

Moral Awakenings

Justice matters. Unfortunately, this claim can be difficult to defend in a climate which touts cultural relativism as a corrective for the narrow and exclusionary tendencies of Enlightenment thinking. The solution is a liberatory epistemology. Yet liberatory epistemologies come with certain assumpti... see more

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