MANCEPT research seminar - Thursday 17 March - Ashwini Vasanthakumar - University of York
|Starts:||16:00 17 Mar 2016|
|Ends:||18:00 17 Mar 2016|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
The next MANCEPT research seminar will be on Thursday 17 March, when Ashwini Vasanthakumar (York) will give a presentation titled “Epistemic Privilege and Victims’ Duties to Resist Their Oppression”.
The seminar starts at 4pm in the Arthur Lewis Building 2nd floor boardroom.
The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session that will finish at around 5.30pm.
ABSTRACT: Victims of injustice are prominent protagonists in efforts to resist injustice, and many argue that they have a duty to do so.
Where theorists have agreed, they have primarily cast victims' duties as self-regarding duties (of Kantian self-respect; to one's well-being; or to one's rational capacities).
I provide an alternative account of victims' duties to resist injustice that is grounded in the duty to rescue or assist.
I argue that in virtue of their victimhood, victims are epistemically privileged with respect to injustice and are uniquely positioned to assist fellow victims.
Primarily, this is done through testimony: victims alert other actors to the need for assistance and initiate and coordinate resistance efforts.
I illustrate the duty and its limits by looking at two modes of oppression--persecution and structural injustice--that are distinguished by moral determinacy.
I briefly consider what virtues associated with the role of witness should be fostered in order to overcome limitations in victims' epistemic privilege.
And I consider objections from demandingness and fairness.
Organisation: University of York
Travel and Contact Information
2nd floor Boardroom
Alan Turing Building