10 Oct 2012
Epistemology of Resistance
Madrid (Spain), June 3-4, 2013
A Symposium on The Epistemology of Resistance. Gender and Racial Oppression, Epistemic Injustice, and Resistant Imaginations (Oxford University Press, 2012), by José Medina (Vanderbilt University).
In The Epistemology of Resistance, José Medina explores several epistemic aspects of our social interactions that take place under conditions of oppression and advocates the need of epistemic resistance in democratic societies in order to overcome shortcomings and failures. José Medina insists on the need to satisfy what he calls an Imperative of Epistemic Interaction. In the book, different issues on epistemic injustice, epistemic vices and virtues, epistemic authority and epistemic responsibility are discussed in detail. He pleads for a more responsible epistemic agency through interaction and resistant use of the imagination in order to repair neglect and insensitivity in practices of exclusion and oppression. Medina’s epistemology of resistance offers an experiential and imaginative approach to social epistemology, a contextualist theory of our complicity with epistemic injustices, and a social connection model of shared responsibility for improving the epistemic conditions of democratic participation in social practices.