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The Department of Philosophy Colloquium Series is pleased to present

Agnès Berthelot-Raffard
(Université du Québec à Montréal),

"The epistemic responsibility of liberal feminist philosophers: a matter of racial justice?"

Date: Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Time: 4:00 pm

Watson Hall, Room 517


The feminist philosophers highlighted how the Rawlsian theory of justice does not seem mindful of gender relations, and the sexual division of labour. However, at the same time, they dismissed the racial factor. Indeed, in order to strengthen their arguments, they used and reiterated one example: the single parent Black woman, poor and less educated. Nevertheless, this example seems to be used without knowledge on the Black hermeneutic, and understanding about the meaning of motherhood among those of African descent. Hence, by its denial of Africana philosophy, the liberal feminist philosophy has produced an epistemic injustice. Does the feminist philosophy participate in social practices applies to black women? Does this specific ignorance constitute an unambiguous practice of racial injustice? Using the notion of “epistemic modesty” (Kittay, 2012) and “white ignorance” (Mills, 2017), the presentation analyses the links between racial and epistemic injustices.disruptive protest.



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