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UCL Colloquium in
Legal & Social Philosophy 2013:
What's the point of blame?
Professor Miranda Fricker
Wednesday 30 January 2013, from 4-7pm
UCL Law Faculty
Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens
London WC1H 0EG
About the speaker:
Miranda's main areas of interest are in ethics, epistemology, and in those regions of feminist philosophy that concern social identity, power, and the authority of reason. Miranda co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Feminism in Philosophy with Jennifer Hornsby (2000); and she is co-author of Reading Ethics, written with Sam Guttenplan, an introductory textbook giving interactive commentaries on classic texts in moral philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).
Her book, Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing (OUP, 2007), explores how relations of social power and identity impinge in our epistemic practices to produce distinctively epistemic forms of injustice—injustices in which someone is undermined specifically in their capacity as a knower.
Symposia on the book can be found in Episteme: A Journal of Social Epistemology, Vol. 7, Issue 2 (2010), with commentators Linda Alcoff, Sanford Goldberg, and Chris Hookway; and in Theoria: An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science Vol. 23/1 No. 61 Jan 2008, with commentators Jesus Zamora Bonilla and Francisco Javier Gil Martin.
About the colloquium:
The paper offers a distinctive vindication of blame by reference to the constructive interpersonal mechanism I call Communicative Blame. This kind of blame aims to inspire remorse in the wrongdoer. Blame and remorse are thereby revealed as having a transformative purpose, which consists in the fact that they work to bring the different parties’ moral understanding into greater alignment, and so to create a greater alignment of moral reasons. In doing this, they function to continuously (re-)generate our shared moral life.
Papers for discussion will be made available normally between 10 days to two weeks in advance on this website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/laws/jurisprudence/colloquium
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