Oxford philosopher Peter King has some things to say about epistemic injustice

The Independent recently ran a story about some fairly horrifying misogyny at Oxford. According to the story:

A rugby club at Oxford University has caused outrage after an email was circulated to members earlier this week, suggesting that they spike freshers’ drinks.

Pembroke College Rugby Football Club’s then-social secretary Woo Kim sent [an] email – which was entitled “FREE PUSSY” – on Monday, instructing members of the club about to “pick” a female fresher of their choice, and proposing a “challenge” for their annual social later in the week.

Mr Kim warned members to be “as clandestine as possible in your deed”, while instructing them to “please bring TWO bottles of wine – one for yourself and one for your guest”.

In the comments, Pembroke philosophy lecturer Peter J. King shows up to offer some opinions. Some choice excerpts include:

I consider the notion of epistemic injustice a pseudo-philosophical concept designed to enable people to publish more empty articles and organise more empty conferences for the purposes of career advancement.

It takes no courage to write a piece like this, which newspapers love to print and people love to read.

I was primarily commenting on journalistic sensationalism — something that was hardly needed when reporting this bit of unpleasant undergraduate stupidity [my emphasis]. Also, many things are real and important (car crashes, robbery with violence, etc.), but I’d still deprecate giving them pompous labels and creating fake philosophical categories out of them.


Horror flicks for or by women

If you want to watch a horror film this Halloween, but feel that the genre objectifies women (and then cuts them into small bits and eats them), you might be pleased to learn that quite a few of them are directed by women. Here’s a list here.

One of my personal favourites is missing from that list: Halloween, if not actuallly directed by a woman, was co-written and produced by Debra Hill, and starred Jamie Lee Curtis in a role that certainly doesn’t lack dignity.

Also, the new Carrie is directed by Kimberley Pierce. Not a bad call to have a woman directing a film that’s basically about periods and mother/daughter relationships!