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Epistemic Injustice

Call for Publications

Theme: Epistemic Injustice
Publication: Las Torres de Lucca. International Journal of Philosophy
Date: Number 19 (July-December 2021)
Deadline: 15.12.2020

Philosophical interest in the concept of epistemic injustice has kept
growing since the publication of Miranda Fricker´s Epistemic
Injustice: Power & the Ethics of Knowing (2007), where it is
characterized as a phenomenon by which individuals are wronged in
their capacity as knowers. Although the relationship between
practices of knowing and oppression had been examined before by many
others (notably within critical race, feminist epistemologies or
decolonial philosophy), the publication of Fricker’s book initiates a
series of productive discussions around issues concerning authority,
credibility, justice, power, trust or testimony, bringing together
different philosophical traditions such as epistemology, ethics and
political theory.

As it is known, one of the core issues is the distinction Fricker
draws between testimonial and hermeneutical injustice. Both of them
are dependent on socially shared identity concepts, many of which
involve unfair prejudices. Testimonial injustice is a credibility
deficit that a speaker suffers as a consequence of the hearer having
a prejudice against her social identity. On the other hand,
hermeneutical injustice occurs when there is a lack of collective
interpretative resources required for a group to understand
significant aspects of their social experience. However, some
authors, such as José Medina and Rebecca Mason, have distanced
themselves from this conceptual framework, especially regarding the
definition of hermeneutical injustice, since it ignores the
alternative interpretations that marginalized communities have
developed for understanding their experiences. Others (Gaile Pohlhaus
and Kristie Dotson, for instance) have pointed out new kinds of
epistemic injustices, oppressions and exclusions.

At present, many lines of investigation are being opened. New
critical analysis of exclusionary practices and forms of oppression
such as silencing, subordination, objectification, misrecognition,
insensitivity, or misrepresentation of marginalized groups are
gaining importance inside philosophy, favouring fruitful dialogues
between epistemology, political philosophy and ethics.

We invite contributing authors to consider issues related to the
concept of epistemic injustice, in relation to both its initial
versions and its critical current accounts. In this issue, we call
for papers dealing with the following questions, among others:

- How is epistemic injustice understood?
- What are the distinctively epistemic forms of injustice? In what
 sense are they epistemic?
- How is epistemic injustice related to non-epistemic forms of
 oppression and discrimination? How does feminism or race theory
 contribute to the understanding of epistemic injustice?
- How can the concept of epistemic injustice be extended to different
- How do issues concerning epistemic injustice relate to other
 relevant epistemological matters such as testimony, virtue
 epistemologies or disagreement?
- How is white ignorance related to epistemic injustice?
- What are the alternatives to counteract epistemic injustices?
- How do epistemologies of resistance challenge hegemonic knowledges?

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December 15, 2020

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The scientific scope of Las Torres de Lucca (International Journal of
Political Philosophy) will be to comprehend the characteristics of
political philosophy, in line with the interdisciplinary character
that has operated in this field during the last several years. We
welcome contributions from the areas traditionally linked directly to
political philosophy (moral philosophy, philosophy of law, political
theory), as well as from those that have been incorporated up to the
present day (political economy, philosophy of history, psychology,
neurophysiology and, to a lesser extent, other sciences) as long as
their scope is focused on the treatment of public affairs and sheds
light on contemporary political reflections. In the same way, the
reference to classic problems should be brought to bear on
contemporary questions. 

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