SOPhiA 2022

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programme - Talk

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

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 others' 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.


Chair: Giada Coleschi
Time: 14:00-14:30, 07 September 2022 (Wednesday)
Location: SR 1.007

Nicole Maria Prosser 
(Leiden University, The Netherlands)



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