Talk by Veli Mitova: “White ignorance undermines internalism about epistemic blame“!

10.06.2022 18:35

Friday, 10.06.22

This week the Forum is excited to have

a talk by Veli Mitova:

“White ignorance undermines internalism about epistemic blame“!

Consequently, there will be no reading. As always, everyone is welcome to join, especially newcomers - just show up!

According to the standard story about blame, non-culpable ignorance is an excuse: if I don’t know that the drink I am giving you contains poison, I am blameless for poisoning you. White ignorance—the oppressor’s ignorance of the experiences of the oppressed—shares a surprising number of features with this kind of case despite being a clearly culpable form of ignorance. For instance, it is typically invisible to its owner, rendering her ignorant of its epistemic and moral harms. This makes the standard blame-story unable to account for the very real intuition that white ignorance is both morally and epistemically blameworthy. In this talk, I focus on epistemic blame. I first draw on the epistemic-excuses literature to argue that white ignorance is epistemically blameworthy. I then show that we can only make sense of this claim if we reject the reasons-internalism implicit in the standard story about epistemic blame.

When: Friday, 10.06.22, 18:30-20:00
Where: HS 3F (NIG)

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