In this elegantly crafted book, Miranda Fricker’s timely project of “looking at the negative space that is epistemic injustice” (viii) comes to fruition. : Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing ( ): Miranda Fricker: Books. Fricker shows that virtue epistemology provides a general epistemological idiom in which these issues can be forcefully discussed.

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Compelling among these unsettlings is the challenge they pose to philosophical preoccupations with “getting things right”, where getting them wrong then counts merely as a negative modality, with no claim to analysis on its own terms.

When such harms go deep, Fricker suggests, people are “prevented from becoming who they are” 5. To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. Moreover, the book is beautifully written” –Martin Kusch, Mind “In this elegantly crafted book, Miranda Fricker’s timely project of ‘looking at the negative space that is epistemic injustice’ comes to fruition History of Western Philosophy.

The Spiritual Automaton Eugene Marshall. For instance, in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, the jury in the epistemlc of Tom Robinson fail to regard his testimony as credible because he ….

With this book Miranda Fricker has opened space for the new meanings the “more squarely political” analysis will require. The question of who singular or plural determines the colour scheme of this world remains an open one; but there are guidelines at least in the direction of a basic, if tacit, “do no harm” principle, and more actively in the positive role the account accords to the development of a virtuous epistemic “second nature” 85 for which there is a precedent in Aristotelian moral philosophy.

In its structural modality it is dispersed through the social order where it operates impersonally, almost imperceptibly, yet surely.

This book argues that there is a distinctively epistemic genus of injustice, in which someone is wronged specifically in their capacity as a knower, wronged therefore in a capacity essential to human value.

Testimonial Injustice occurs when a hearer fails, because of prejudice, to give due credit to the word of a speaker. Power and the Ethics of Knowing. Her readers will look forward to the next phase of this creative, vitally important project.


Request removal from index. When, for example, the language of “sexual harassment”, “racism”, “homophobia”, or “sexism” had not achieved common currency in the rhetorical spaces of western societies, an entire range of experiential reports could not claim a hearing or expect communal uptake, in a strong sense of “could”.

Sign in Create an account. For Fricker, contesting such injustices and harms requires “collective social political change” — and, in her view, contentiously I shall suggest, “the political depends upon the ethical” 8.

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Miranda Fricker – – Theoria: The characterization of these phenomena casts light on many issues, such as social power, prejudice, virtue, and the genealogy of knowledge, and it proposes a virtue epistemological account of testimony. Fricker shows that virtue epistemology provides a general epistemological idiom in which these issues can be forcefully discussed.

In this ground-breaking book, the entanglements of reason and social power are traced in a new way, to reveal the different forms of epistemic injustice and their injusitce in the broad pattern of social imjustice. Some Varieties of Epistemic Injustice: Where testimonial injustice typically occurs in exchanges of information, hermeneutical injustice belongs to the domains of understanding and interpretation; where testimonial injustice reduces a testifier to “less than a full epistemic subject”hermeneutical injustice, in drawing on socially embedded interpretations and understandings which are differentially available across relations of power and privilege, excludes certain people from communal interpretive discourses.


Fricker succeeds admirably in achieving her main goal of offering a detailed and wide-ranging ethical and epistemological analysis of testimonial injustice. In particular, she wishes to investigate the idea that there are prevalent and distinctively epistemic injustiice of injustice related to these aspects of our epistemic lives, injustices which reflect the fact injjustice our actual epistemic practices are socially situated.

Print Save Cite Email Share. The Laws of Belief Wolfgang Spohn. Yet collective identity prejudice can complicate the development of virtuous testimonial sensibilities and of credibility judgements untainted by unjust, socially sedimented emotional responses. Nor is virtue conceived in abstraction from the materiality of places, persons, and communities: Rae Langton – – Hypatia 25 2: Oxford University Press, But the epistmeic, I suggest, are even more intricately intertwined, thus the ethical task is even more challenging than her claims for the primacy of the ethical suggest.


Social Dynamics Brian Skyrms. Ihjustice it on Scholar. As the account unfolds, the injushice travels through a range of philosophical problems. Miranda Fricker’s book Epistemic Injustice is an original and stimulating contribution to contemporary epistemology. Classical, Early, and Medieval Poetry and Poets: Ripley as a hysterical female and prompt others to collude in the assessment. In its situatedness, the book offers a valuable episemic to feminist and other post-colonial epistemology and ethics projects, with their commitments to locating inquiry, both ethical and epistemological, in the circumstances and among the people where its successes are achieved, its failures and harms enacted, and to counteracting the oppressions to which epistemic injustices have routinely contributed, well before this innovative conceptual apparatus made it possible to name and engage with them as such.

Kathleen Lennon – – Philosophical Quarterly 59 Sections of some chapters have been published elsewhere, but the material presented here is largely new, and either way, this is a path-breaking study.

Hermeneutical injustice is the kind of injustice experienced by groups who, because due to prejudice they have been less able to participate in the practices that generate new concepts e. Virtue Epistemology in Epistemology. Equally compelling is the rapprochement Fricker effects between ethics and epistemology, according neither absolute priority even though epistemology affords her point of entry, yet demonstrating their mutual entanglement. When they are treated as sources of information, their conduct epistemuc attitudes are read from the surface, from a third-person quasi-touristic point of view and often through “tracking” biasesby contrast with a second-person mode of address that asks and listens.

The Wrong Revisited 7. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Analytic philosophyfeminist philosophy.

Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use for details see www. Subscriber Login Email Address. The Genealogy of Testimonial Justice 6.