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Nancy Bauer :"#metoo: “Epistemic Injustice” and the Sexual Harassment Tipping Point"

Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Room D1009, Albert and Vera List Academic Center , D1009 6 East 16th Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10011

The Annual PSWIP Colloquium presents Nancy Bauer

"#metoo: “Epistemic Injustice” and the Sexual Harassment Tipping Point"


The most popular feminist philosophical response to questions about the intractability of sexist interpretations of women’s experience—on the part of all genders, women included—is the that women’s reports of their run-ins with sexism routinely fail to achieve broad social uptake (“testimonial injustice”) and that women also often lack the concepts that allow them to articulate in an efficacious way their inchoate sense of having experienced sexist harms (“hermeneutical injustice”). 

In this talk, I construe this response, originally articulated by Miranda Fricker and tweaked by many other feminist philosophers, as at bottom a sophisticated version of the popular—but ultimately not very convincing—claim that we seem to be at a tipping point because lots of women celebrities are now accusing male celebrities of harassment. I find a better way of making sense of what’s going on by construing the power of the viral “#metoo” hashtag to induce a Gestalt shift in our interpretation of what J. L. Austin called “the total speech act in the total situation.”

Presented by The New School for Social Research.

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