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Justice in the Distribution of Knowledge

Kurtulmus, Faik and Irzik, Gürol (2017) Justice in the Distribution of Knowledge. Episteme, 14 (2). pp. 129-146.

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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 her society is organized is an injustice. Finally, we discuss how our account relates to John Rawls’s influential theory of justice.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Kurtulmus, Faikafaikkurtulmus@sabanciuniv.edu
Irzik, Gürolirzik@sabanciuniv.edu
Keywords: distribution of knowledge, science, values, democracy, John Rawls
Subjects: General Issues > Science and Society
Depositing User: Dr. Faik Kurtulmus
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2018 21:24
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2018 21:24
Item ID: 15371
Journal or Publication Title: Episteme
Publisher: Cambridge University PRess
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1017/epi.2015.65
Subjects: General Issues > Science and Society
Date: June 2017
Page Range: pp. 129-146
Volume: 14
Number: 2
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15371

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