Hermeneutical injustice: an exercise in conceptual precision


  • Blas Radi Universidad de Buenos Aires




Epistemic Injustice, Non Ideal Epistemology, Social Epistemology, Hermeneutical Marginalization, Miranda Fricker


In addition to opening a fertile field for inquiry in analytical social epistemology, Miranda Fricker’s work has provided powerful conceptual tools that merge descriptive capacity and political potency. For this reason, over the last fifteen years, the conceptual repertoire introduced by the author has been well received in both academic and political arenas. At times, the concepts of both testimonial and hermeneutical injustice acquire excessive dimensions in the literature, and this undermines, on the one hand, their analytical precision and, on the other, their usefulness. In this paper I argue against Fricker’s structural parallelism thesis and defend an independent treatment of each of these concepts. On this basis, to counteract the hyperinflation of the concept of hermeneutic injustice, I proceed with an exercise of conceptual precision. To this end, I identify the conditions that make hermeneutic injustice both unjust and hermeneutic. Finally, I present theoretical and practical reasons to encourage the rigorous use of these concepts.

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Author Biography

Blas Radi, Universidad de Buenos Aires

es licenciado y profesor de Filosofía por la Universidad de Buenos Aires, donde se desempeña como docente de Epistemología Social, y becario doctoral del Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET).


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How to Cite

Radi, B. (2022). Hermeneutical injustice: an exercise in conceptual precision. Estudios De Filosofía, (66), 97–110. https://doi.org/10.17533/udea.ef.347837

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