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Knowledge and Acknowledgement: ‘Epistemic Injustice’ as a Problem of Recognition

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‘Epistemic injustice’ concerns the process of credibility conferral upon knowledge claimants. The contention is that individuals belonging to marginalised or underprivileged groups may suffer from a lack of credibility when they deserve to be counted as credible knowers. Although this may appear to be a problem confined to epistemology, it also resonates with debates in justice theory over questions of ‘recognition’. This is demonstrated by linking epistemic injustice to cultural forms of oppression, in this case ‘cultural imperialism’.

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