The Epistemic Dimension of Antisemitism
15 Journal of Jewish Identities 153 (2022)
28 Pages Posted: 27 Oct 2021 Last revised: 1 Oct 2022
Date Written: 2022
The subject of this essay is a variety of antisemitism I will term "epistemic antisemitism". Epistemic antisemitism injures, wrongs, or marginalizes Jews in their capacities as knowers—testifiers, communicators, exponents or purveyors of knowledge. It is by no means the only form of antisemitism, or (necessarily) the most important or foundational type. However, it is a distinct type occupying an underappreciated niche in the ecology of antisemitism. In particular, epistemic antisemitism is particularly well-suited to insulate the broader structure of antisemitism from critique or challenge—and indeed, it plays a central role in obstructing collective Jewish political or social action generally.
Keywords: antisemitism, epistemic injustice, Judaic studies,
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