Oslo Mind, Language and Epistemology Network Seminar: Fintan Mallory, Erotetic Injustice

Talk by Fintan Mallory, Erotetic Injustice

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Abstract

Discursive activity, as a social practice, is subject to the influence of social power. While previous research on this issue has focussed primarily on the ability of speakers to have their knowledge claims taken seriously by their listeners, more recent work has concentrated on discourse structure itself. This has coincided with a theoretical shift from the level of the propositional and the doxastic to the pragmatic and subdoxastic. This paper continues this trend with the introduction and analysis of the category of erotetic injustice. Whereas testimonial injustice concerns the role prejudice plays in preventing a speaker from having their assertions accepted by listeners, erotetic injustice concerns speakers’ ability to have their questions taken up and used to guide discussion. ‘Question’, in this sense, denotes a particular information structure which can be added to the common ground and which constrains the immediate goals of the discussion, determining the relevance of speakers’ contributions. Questions structure our conversations, they fix what we are talking about and what our lines of inquiry might be, and as a result, whoever controls the question-under-discussion, controls the discourse. 

How to attend

This is a read-ahead seminar. The meetings have a hybrid format. We meet in person in GM 652 and digitally on Zoom (Zoom login required).

The meeting link, along with a copy of the paper to be discussed, will be made available in advance via the mailing list.

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