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On Epistemic Oppression

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In this paper, I am to identify a type of wrong that is distinctly epistemic in kind, which I call epistemic oppression. The term refers to a class of ways in which one can be wronged in a manner that is distinctly epistemic. My concept of epistemic oppression is similar to Miranda Fricker's concept of epistemic injustice, but it is broader, in that it encompasses important phenomena that her notion leaves out. Thus, it helps to shed light on ethical dimensions of our epistemic lives that we might miss if we think solely in terms of epistemic injustice.


Emily McWilliams    
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
United States


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