Recognition Theory and Theories of Epistemic Injustice

part of: Sexist Ideology and Sexual Violence: Critical Theory and Conceptual Engineering
March 23, 2023, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo

Room 452
Georg Morgenstiernes hus, Blindernveien 31
Oslo 0371

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Recently, there has been interest in the relation between epistemic injustice and the concept of recognition (cf. Congdon 2017; Giladi 2018; Giladi & McMillan 2018, 2022, Hänel 2020, McConkey 2004). In this lecture, Hänel reviews the current research to carve out the distinctively causal or constitutive relation between theories of epistemic injustice and recognition theory. A review of the current research shows that (a) most theorists have a very detailed understanding of epistemic injustices, but only an intuitive understanding of the notion of recognition, (b) the few papers that show detailed knowledge of recognition theory focus almost exclusively on a Honnethian understanding of recognition. Hänel suggests that there are (at least) three further understandings/critiques of recognition that could be fruitful to carve out the distinctly constitutive relation between epistemic injustice and recognition theory: (i) a Marxist-indigenous understanding inspired by Glen Coulthard, (ii) a Hegelian-republican understanding inspired by Brandom and Pippin, and (iii) a feminist understanding grounded in Hegelian thought.


Dr. Hilkje Hänel is currently a Helene Lange visiting professor in the department of philosophy at Oldenburg University and will take up a research position for five months at the Department of Philosophy, San Diego State University starting in June 2023. Hänel also works as assistant professor/postdoc in political theory at Potsdam University, where she is currently on research leave. Since October 2021, she is the principal investigator of a DFG-research network The Relation between Theories of Epistemic Injustice and Recognition Theory.


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