Epistemic and Political Agency

Authored by: Lorenzo C. Simpson

The Routledge Handbook of Epistemic Injustice

Print publication date:  April  2017
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138828254
eBook ISBN: 9781315212043
Adobe ISBN: 9781351814508

10.4324/9781315212043.ch24

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Abstract

These remarks on epistemic injustice are drawn from an account of the hermeneutics of agency. I consider the epistemic injustice implicated in assertions about the agential deficiencies of members of disadvantaged groups, as well as the injustice of withholding what I call “semantic authority” from the interpretations of social life that would underwrite the social agency of such persons.

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