SOPhiA 2022

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programm - Vortrag

Justifying Claims for Justice: Identity and Epistemic Power
(Political Philosophy, Englisch)

Whereas distributive claims have for a long time predominated theorizing about social justice, recently demands for a politics of recognition have gained more ground. There remains an unsolved puzzle for both, distributive proponents as well as for advocates of a politics of recognition though, namely: How to justify claims of justice? This paper investigates meta-levels of social justice, where the justification of justice claims takes place: first the political, second the epistemic level. It argues that the justification of justice claims happens at a higher-order level that is unjust itself. With Rainer Forst (2007), we see that the political level is distorted by political power. Miranda Fricker's account of epistemic injustice (2007) finally enables us to realize that political power is closely connected to epistemic power (and thus tightly related to what Fricker calls a person's "identity power"). We come to see that at the epistemic level, recognition becomes crucial, namely: as recognition of other's epistemic authority. In this paper, I suggest understanding the epistemic level as conceptually and normatively prior to other spheres of social justice and postulate a primacy of epistemic recognition.

Zeit: 14:00-14:30, 07. September 2022 (Mittwoch)
Ort: SR 1.007

Nicole Maria Prosser
(Leiden University, The Netherlands)

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