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The Hermeneutical Problem of Ignorance
The overarching aim of Miranda Fricker’s Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing is the exposition and analysis of how some distinctively epistemic actions are also ethical actions in the way they regard and treat someone. This is significant work because, arguably, epistemic actions, such as the formation of beliefs and the having of knowledge, are not usually considered to have ethical components, likely because they seem to be rather impersonal – they don’t usually involve personal aspects of the believer beyond his or her capacities to form beliefs, etc. But, space is made for epistemic ethics when the notion (and reality) of the believed as a person, rather...
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