Word reached us, thanks to the special cable linking feminist hot spots across the globe, about the business meeting held by a certain philosophical society at its annual meeting. As the plans for the upcoming conference were being discussed, Jacqueline Taylor (philosophy, University of San Francisco) pointed out that important positions were going disproportionately to men. As one should expect, Prof Taylor’s remark was not received with unreserved enthusiasm. On the contrary…
When women are not counted as equally valued creators of knowledge as men, we suffer a kind of epistemic injustice. Many women’s careers bear the marks of unjust treatment. Conferences are exceptionally important for drawing attention to women’s work and, consequently, for helping to establish epistemic justice. Conferences can equally contribute to the perpetuation of such injustice.
Prof Taylor is a regular reader of this blog, and so she is well aware that of the gendered conference campaign and its costs. A woman who calls out members of the profession on issues about epistemic justice is hardly behaving winningly. So let’s recognize her and others who step outside the expected patterns of behavior to try to create an awareness of these important issues. They exhibit valor in the pursuit of epistemic justice.
(With thanks to the work of Miranda Fricker on epistemic injustice.)