Political Epistemology Seminar

Political Epistemology Seminar
14 January 2019, 5.00pm - 6.30pm
Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU


What our Epistemic Concepts Should Do


Lisa Miracchi (University of Pennsylvania)

Western analytic epistemology is undergoing an upheaval: the importance of social justice concerns are becoming increasingly recognized. Many of us want epistemology to reflect our lived experiences, and to do real work for us on issues that matter. Motivated by these concerns, researchers are increasingly focusing on ameliorating our epistemic concepts: finding ones that contribute to social justice. At the same time, however, many epistemologists claim that their project is purely metaphysical, and thus value-neutral: epistemology is just about the truth, the facts! Ethics and politics thus have no place in epistemology proper. I will argue that, despite appearances to the contrary, these projects are not in conflict. Indeed, in order to properly carry either project out it must be done in an integrated way with the other. I'll show how an integrative epistemology can help to resolve both longstanding philosophical disputes and support our understanding and healing of public discourse.

The Political Epistemology Seminar was created in 2018 by Michael Hannon. It is part of the Political Epistemology Network  (https://www.politicalepistemologynetwork.com/) and is funded by the Institute of Philosophy as well as a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award. Speakers from all over the world are invited to present cutting-edge research at the intersection of epistemology and political philosophy. The seminar meets on alternate Mondays from 5pm to 6:30pm. 


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