Author Information: Charles W. Mills, Northwestern University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mills, Charles W. “White Ignorance and Hermeneutical Injustice: A Comment on Medina and Fricker.” Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 3, no. 1 (2013): 38-43.
Please refer to:
- Medina, José. Hermeneutical injustice and polyphonic contextualism: Social silences and shared hermeneutical responsibilities. Social Epistemology 26, no. 2 (2012): 201-220.
- Dieleman, Susan. “Review Essay: ‘Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance’ and ‘Race and Epistemologies of Ignorance.” Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective. 2012.
- Beeby, Laura. Reply to José Medina. Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 1, no. 6 (2012).
- Medina, José. Reply to Laura Beeby. Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 1, no. 6 (2012).
- Beeby, Laura. Collective resources and collectivity: A reply to José Medina Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 1, no. 11 (2012): 12-15.
- Fricker, Miranda. “How is hermeneutical injustice related to ‘white ignorance’?” Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 2, no. 8 (2013): 49-53.
In my “White Ignorance” (Mills 2007), I welcomed the development within formal epistemology of social epistemology, and the advent of journals like Social Epistemology, while complaining that the authors in this new branch of epistemology seemed in general to be working with a concept of the social that excluded social oppression. So I should begin by saying how delighted I am to find my essay being discussed years later in none other than Social Epistemology (and the Review Collective) itself — and by two philosophers, Miranda Fricker and José Medina, whose recent books (Fricker 2007; Medina 2013) I see as exemplary challenges to this unfortunate pattern of exclusion. I would claim that in the same way that the “ideal theory” famous from John Rawls’s A Theory of Justice (1999) has oriented — or, in my view, mis-oriented — philosophical discussions of social justice, so its epistemic analogue has arguably mis-oriented philosophical discussions of social epistemology. Continue Reading…