Can theorising epistemic injustice help us decolonise?*

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The paper argues that some tools from the epistemic injustice literature can be fruitfully applied to the debate on epistemic decolonisation. The first step for such a project is to defuse recent misgivings about the liberatory potential of epistemic injustice scholarship. I group these misgivings under the slogan ‘Epistemic injustice is white-people stuff’, or ‘the WPS challenge’, for short, and use them to set desiderata for good theorising with epistemic injustice tools. I then look at three such tools–epistemic oppression, white ignorance, and contributory injustice–and argue that they advance theorising epistemic decolonisation while meeting the three desiderata. If the argument works, its implications for the topic of this special issue are that we don’t need to decolonise epistemic injustice; we can instead use the tools of the epistemic injustice literature to advance the decolonisation project.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInquiry (United Kingdom)
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024


  • Epistemic injustice
  • contributory injustice
  • epistemic decolonisation
  • epistemic oppression
  • white ignorance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Health Policy


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