This course will be focused on the ways in which human social interactions and social organization affect our abilities to gain and to pass on knowledge.
In the first part of the course, we will read Miranda Fricker's book, Epistemic Injustice. Fricker examines the ways in which structures of oppression, like sexism and racism, can work to undermine the epistemic credibility of subordinated people, and consequently to a specific form of wrong: damage to individuals' epistemic agency.
In the second part of the course, we will look more broadly at the issue of bias, and its role in our epistemic practice, reading essays by Elizabeth Anderson, myself, and others.
Throughout the course, I will be drawing on work in contemporary mainstream epistemology. I will provide some background in class, but I will also expect students to read on their own some of the suggested readings I have posted on the page marked "Readings". See "Class Schedule" for details.