You can listen to philosopher Miranda Fricker explain the concept from her book Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing in the podcast ”Five questions by Kieran Setiya”.
We will continue to consider ”epistemic justice” and related concepts in the course “Truth, Power and Justice”. There we address questions like: What does truth have to do with politics? Can we speak about knowledge without trust? What does it mean to do justice to social injustices?
What are the central social, ethical and political aspects of “knowing” and “being a knower” in a time of “alternative facts”, “post-truth”, “conspiracy theories” and “climate denialism”. We consider the role science has in illuminating and criticizing power structures and what happens when science itself risks becoming part of the same power structures it is aimed at criticizing.
In lectures and workshops we discuss the presuppositions of dialogue in a pluralistic and democratic society, and practice as we learn in conversation with each other.
The course is one of two English courses in this minor subject. It can be taken as a specialization in philosophy and social exclusion, but is open to anyone who is interested in deepening their understanding of these questions.