[SydPhil] Notification: Natalie Stoljar @ Wed 23 Aug 2017 13:00 - 14:30 (Seminars)

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Title: Natalie Stoljar
Hermeneutical Overwriting and the Epistemic Conditions of Autonomy

Natalie Stoljar and Nicole Ramsoomair
McGill University

Autonomy can be undermined if the epistemic conditions of autonomy are  
undermined, or if other conditions of autonomy are undermined. According to  
Miranda Fricker and others, ‘hermeneutical injustice’ is an epistemic  
wrong: there are ‘lacunae in the collective hermeneutical resource’ that  
are the result of unequal participation in ‘practices by which collective  
social meanings are generated’ (Fricker 2007, 152). Does hermeneutical  
injustice undermine either epistemic or other conditions of autonomy? Our  
first argument is that the ‘hermeneutical gaps’ identified by Fricker need  
not and typically do not undermine the epistemic conditions of autonomy.  
They do not typically undermine the knowledge/self-knowledge of members of  
marginalized groups, or render them ‘informationally cut off.’ However,  
agents may be blocked by hermeneutical gaps from making contributions to  
the pool of knowledge. Hermeneutical gaps may also interfere with the  
self-regarding attitudes necessary for both epistemic and autonomous  
agency. Our second argument is that hermeneutical injustice is not limited  
to hermeneutical gaps. What we call hermeneutical overwriting is both an  
epistemic harm and a harm to autonomy: it interferes with agents’ status as  
knowers by blocking their contributions to the spread of knowledge and  
interferes with their autonomy by overriding the communicative acts that  
agents intend to perform.
When: Wed 23 Aug 2017 13:00 – 14:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: Muniment Room, Sydney Uni
Calendar: Seminars
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