Justice in the distribution of knowledge

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Kurtulmuş, Faik and Irzık, Gürol (2017) Justice in the distribution of knowledge. Episteme, 14 (2). pp. 129-146. ISSN 1742-3600 (Print) 1750-0117 (Online)

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Abstract

In this article we develop an account of justice in the distribution of knowledge. We first argue that knowledge is a fundamental interest that grounds claims of justice due to its role in individuals' deliberations about the common good, their personal good and the pursuit thereof. Second, we identify the epistemic basic structure of a society, namely, the institutions that determine individuals' opportunities for acquiring knowledge and discuss what justice requires of them. Our main contention is that a systematic lack of opportunity to acquire knowledge one needs as an individual and a citizen because of the way the epistemic basic structure of a society is organized is an injustice. Finally, we discuss how our account relates to John Rawls's influential theory of justice.
Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Cultural Studies
Depositing User: Faik Kurtulmuş
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2017 14:46
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2022 09:44
URI: https://research.sabanciuniv.edu/id/eprint/32292

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