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Speaker Series: Sally Haslanger, MIT

"On the Epistemology of Injustice"

Abstract: Recent work in social epistemology has focused on the significance of situated knowledge.  Recognizing the situatedness of knowledge, after all, would seem to be just good practice for someone committed to a minimal empiricism.  In this paper, I argue that the point and the power of standpoint epistemology has been diluted by focusing primarily on situatedness, for the project of standpoint epistemology is to critique ideology, which situatedness, alone, cannot accomplish.  In response, I look to the practice of consciousness raising as a source of moral knowledge and identify some factors that lend epistemic authority to its outputs.