Epistemic Injustice in Science

Authored by: Heidi Grasswick

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.ch30

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Abstract

Scientific practices offer powerful forms of knowing, and there is no question that in the twenty-first century, they are a dominant force in knowledge production and circulation. Scientific practices are powerful both in the sense of producing immense amounts of knowledge that can be harnessed for use, and in the more basic sense of shaping contemporary life and material conditions of existence through resultant technologies, science-based policies, and science-based decision-making. Though the specifics of how the practices of science shape life vary tremendously around the globe and across social positions, it would be difficult to make the case that anyone remains untouched by their influence. Given their epistemic strength and political influence, scientific institutions and their practices need to be investigated as possible sites and sources of epistemic injustice.

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