Unmasking Objectivity: A Critical Examination of the Nexus between Universal Truth Claims and Emergent Power Structures

March 21, 2024 - March 23, 2024
Department of Philosophy, The New School for Social Research

Wolff Conference Room, D1103
6 e 16th street
New York 10003
United States

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How does objectivity shape power, and how does power shape objectivity? 


Welcome to "Unmasking Objectivity: A Critical Examination of the Nexus between Universal Truth Claims and Emergent Power Structures," a conference that plunges into the intricate relationship between knowledge and power. In this conference, we will uncover how epistemological standpoints intersect with systems of coercion, marginalization, and oppression. Our topic extends to alternative visions of knowledge, truth, and learning, offering the potential for shared beliefs while addressing the adverse impacts of entrenched power structures. 


How have claims to absolute, objective, or scientific truth driven oppression through ideologies like religious absolutism, colonialism, technocracy, and scientific sexism and racism? Contemporary debates further emphasize the significance of this intersection. 


Our discourse will also scrutinize epistemic injustice, examining whether universalist epistemologies privilege specific knowledge systems while silencing valid alternatives. We aim to shed light on social and political issues overlooked by dominant knowledge frameworks through inclusive dialogues. This conference fosters critical exploration and inclusive discourse, drawing on interdisciplinary studies in philosophy, sociology, and political theory. 

Together, we will assess the ethical implications of our epistemological practices and explore pathways to creating more equitable systems of knowledge and social learning. Join us at "Unmasking Objectivity" as we navigate the intricate web of knowledge and power, aiming for a just and inclusive future where the notion of objectivity is both scrutinized and harnessed for social transformation.

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