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The Powers of Individual and Collective Intellectual Self-Trust in Dealing with Epistemic Injustice
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The literature on epistemic injustice is increasingly turning to the question of countering epistemic injustice. But few authors note that the strategies against epistemic injustice are complemented by a more fundamental disposition, intellectual self-trust. Most of the time, intellectual self-trust is merely mentioned as an individual disposition that is harmed by epistemic injustice. In this article, I argue that intellectual self-trust as an optimistic disposition is a central tool for countering epistemic injustice. Both individual intellectual self-trust and collective intellectual self-trust, as well as groups and communities themselves are central in obstructing the effects of epistemic injustice and engaging in resistance against epistemic injustice. I start with an overview of the effects of epistemic injustice. After that, I spell out the powers of individual intellectual self-trust, then move from the role of communities for individual intellectual self-trust to collective intellectual self-trust, i.e., intellectual self-trust of collectives. Finally, I outline the function of collective intellectual self-trust for obstructing and resisting epistemic injustice. Show more
Journal / seriesSocial Epistemology
PublisherTaylor & Francis
SubjectIntellectual self-trust; collective intellectual self-trust; epistemic injustice; collective support; obstructing and resisting epistemic injustice
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