On Epistemic Injustice

Back in 2009, I was a graduate student. At that time, I was also a philosophy blogger. So it was a pleasure to have reported on the concept ‘epistemic injustice’, coined by Miranda Fricker,back then.

Fast forward 10 years and I have the strange inclination to remind everyone about that concept.

Elsewhere, I defined epistemic injustice as “any case where a knower’s knowledge and knowledge claims are devalued for some, shall I say, stupid reason.”

This happens quite a bit in many aspects of life.

Take, for example, a case where even documented evidence is discounted because of a knower’s diagnosis. I know I wasn’t going to get personal on here, but this, in fact, has happened to me. In my case, there is a medical record with doctor’s order (unrelated to the diagnosis at hand). Yet, I was told I did something the doctor didn’t order when, in fact, I did and there’s a record of it. I was told this by someone who wouldn’t even know but just assumed and/or told an outright lie.

That’s a blatant case of epistemic injustice.

Back in 2009, when I first noted this concept, I took it to be grossly wrong. These days, when I have experienced it myself, I can tell you: It’s exasperating.

That’s my personal thought of the day.

Epistemic injustice: Don’t do it.


Author: Jennifer Lawson

Philosopher. That is all.

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