Today a paper of mine on epistemic injustice was published as part of a special issue edited by Franziska Dübgen on this topic in the journal "Wagadu - A Journal of Transnational Women's and Gender Studies". I copy/paste the abstract and you can read the full paper below or donwload the PDF here. The whole issue can be accessed here. Thanks to Franziska for editing this special issue and to the people of Wagadu. All papers are open access and I hope that a lot of people will read them.
EPISTEMIC INJUSTICE AND POWERLESSNESS IN THE CONTEXT OF GLOBAL JUSTICE. AN ARGUMENT FOR “THICK” AND “SMALL” KNOWLEDGE
In this paper, I present an analysis of the “windows into reality” that are used in theories of global justice with a focus on issues of epistemic injustice and the powerlessness of the global poor. I argue that we should aim for a better understanding of global poverty through acknowledging people living in poverty as epistemic subjects. To achieve this, we need to deepen and broaden the knowledge base of theories of global justice and approach the subject through methodologies of “thinking small” and “thick descriptions”, which are ways to give people living in poverty sufficient room to express themselves and have their voices heard, leading to “small” and “thick” knowledge claims.
I am a social and political philosopher.