finally, in conjunction with this five-post series, I would urge you to appraise the work of Miranda Fricker who explores the themes of epistemoogy and justice, in testimony. (I would especially encourage you to listen to her interview on ABC, Philosopher’s Stone, and also, I would urge you to read the 6 comments below.) If you are yet to make the connection between “knowledge” and physicality, as it was explored in the previous entries, I would dare you to contemplate what happens when individuals, are not only seen only in relation to a collective stereotype of theri “group”, but when it is implied that their prominence in the apparently “non-intellectual” sphere of sports implies that they cannot apply themselves to other areas, and are therefore, mentally unfit, or viewed as being of unsound mind. If it is yet to make sense, await the future posts which will make an effort to grant coherency to this mini-series. For now, enjoy reading.
Testimonial injustice occurs when others fail to treat you seriously as a source of knowledge. In this interview Miranda Fricker, author of a recent book on the topic, explains this concept which lies at the intersection between epistemology and political philosophy.
Epistemology and Ethics have traditionally been kept apart. This book brings them together. Miranda Fricker focuses on two kinds of epistemic injustice: the injustice that occurs when someone is not treated seriously as a possible source of knowledge (testimonial injustice) and the injustice that occurs when a society lacks a conceptual framework for understanding the experiences of someone who has been treated badly (hermeneutic injustice). An example of the first kind is when someone stopped by the…
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