Research Seminar

Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen: Are stereotypers wronged when stereotyped? On personal, doxastic wrongs and structural, doxastic injustice

Date: 8 November 2023
Time: 10:00-11:45

Venue: Institutet för framtidsstudier, Holländargatan 13, 4th floor, Stockholm

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Research seminar with Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, Professor at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University and the Philosophy Department at University of Tromsö.


Recently, several philosophers have defended the view that injustice can result simply from what we believe about one another. Generally, such philosophers take the doxastic wrong in question to be a personal wrong. In the case of non-doxastic wrongs, sometimes an act, which would otherwise have constituted a personal wrong, does not constitute one because of what the victim of that act is doing. I suggest that something similar can be the case when it comes to doxastic wrongs. If one stereotypes others, one forfeits one’s doxastic right not be stereotyped by them. But even if a situation of reciprocal stereotyping might not involve any personal doxastic wrongs, it still appears to involve doxastic injustice. To explicate this view, I argue that it makes sense to describe a situation as one involving structural, doxastic injustice even in the absence of any personal, doxastic wrongs. Hence, the article makes two contributions to the ethics of belief. First, it offers a novel analysis of doxastic injustice in cases involving doxastic rights forfeiture. Second, it introduces of the notion of structural, doxastic injustice. 

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