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Socially Extended Epistemology$
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J. Adam Carter, Andy Clark, Jesper Kallestrup, S. Orestis Palermos, and Duncan Pritchard

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198801764

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198801764.001.0001

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Collective Amnesia and Epistemic Injustice

Collective Amnesia and Epistemic Injustice

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(p.195) 10 Collective Amnesia and Epistemic Injustice
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Socially Extended Epistemology
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Alessandra Tanesini

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198801764.003.0011

Communities often respond to traumatic events in their histories by destroying objects that would cue memories of a past they wish to forget and by building artefacts which memorialize a new version of their history. Hence, it would seem, communities cope with change by spreading memory ignorance so to allow new memories to take root. This chapter offers an account of some aspects of this phenomenon and of its epistemological consequences. Specifically, it demonstrates that collective forgetfulness is harmful. Here, the focus is exclusively on the harms caused by its contribution to undermining the intellectual self-trust of some members of the community. Further, since some of these harms are also wrongs, collective amnesia contributes to causing epistemic injustices.

Keywords:   forgetting, collective amnesia, epistemic injustice, memory ignorance, intellectual self-trust

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