Overcoming Epistemic Injustice: Social and Psychological Perspectives

Rowman & Littlefield International (2019)

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Benjamin Sherman
Boston University
Stacey Goguen
Northeastern Illinois University
Abstract
The papers collected in this book share a common motivation: All respond to certain kinds of injustice that unfairly and unreasonably prevent the insights and intellectual abilities of vulnerable and stigmatized groups from being given their due recognition. Most people are opposed to injustice in principle, and do not want to have mistaken views about others. But research in the social sciences reveals a disturbing truth: Even people who intend to be fair-minded and unprejudiced are influenced by unconscious biases and stereotypes, as well as social structures and institutions that lead to unjust judgments. We may sincerely want to be epistemically just, but we frequently fail, and simply thinking harder about it will not fix the problem. This volume collects 17 new essays that draw from cutting-edge social science research, to suggest how we can better manage our own unjust reactions, as well as resist patterns of epistemic injustice that we may face. The volume concludes with an afterward by Miranda Fricker, reflecting on these new lines of research and potential future directions to explore.
Keywords epistemic injustice  social epistemology  ethics  feminist philosophy  implicit bias  Miranda Fricker  Charles Mills  epistemology of ignorance  virtue epistemology  applied philosophy
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