The Unlevel Knowing Field: An Engagement with Dotson's Third-Order Epistemic Oppression

Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 3(10)

7 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2016

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Alison Bailey

Illinois State Universtiy, College of Arts and Sciences - Philosophy Department

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

My engagement with Dotson’s essay begins with an overview of first- and second-order epistemic exclusions. I develop the concept of an "unlevel knowing field". I use examples from the epistemic injustice literature, and some of my own, to highlight the important distinction she makes between reducible and irreducible forms of epistemic oppression. Next, I turn my attention to her account of third-order epistemic exclusions. I offer a brief explanation of why her sketch of at this level makes an important contribution to the literature on epistemic injustice. In closing I suggest that Dotson’s account of third-order epistemic exclusions has a cognitive bend that limits the resources she might use for bringing about change, and suggest opening up the conversation to include affective, aesthetic or mystical resources.

Keywords: Epistemic Injustice, Black Feminist Epistemology

Suggested Citation

Bailey, Alison, The Unlevel Knowing Field: An Engagement with Dotson's Third-Order Epistemic Oppression (2014). Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 3(10). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2798934

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