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Duboisian leadership through standpoint epistemology

Bright, Liam Kofi (2024) Duboisian leadership through standpoint epistemology. Monist, 107 (1). pp. 82-97. ISSN 0026-9662

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Identification Number: 10.1093/monist/onad032


I outline a defence of a naive group-level standpoint epistemology. According to this view then under conditions often met in real situations of oppression, it is the majority view on questions of import to those marginalised by oppression that ought to be treated as deference worthy. I further argue that this view is inspired by and coheres well with various doctrines laid out and defended by W.E.B. Du Bois, making this a recognisably Duboisian vision of standpoint epistemology. The central conceptual move is to relate principles of social epistemology under conditions of oppression that were of great interest to Du Bois with the conditions for group accuracy that have been studied by social-choice theorists working on Condorcet's Jury Theorem, as well as contemporary epistemological work on group polarisation. I argue that once these elements are brought together a surprisingly cogent case for deference to the simple majority view of the marginalised can often be made.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2024 The Author(s).
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2024 16:24
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2024 16:24

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