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Responsibilities of Identity: Epistemic Trustworthiness as Resistance to Settler Colonial Domination


Responsibilities of Identity: Epistemic Trustworthiness as Resistance to Settler Colonial Domination

Dillon, Robbie (2021) Responsibilities of Identity: Epistemic Trustworthiness as Resistance to Settler Colonial Domination. [Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)] (Unpublished)

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I argue that unsatisfying relations of political recognition between the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples of Turtle Island, and the Canadian state are a product of, and thereby a means of reinforcing and reproducing, hermeneutical domination, a distinct form of epistemic injustice. Remedies for hermeneutical domination require the granting of epistemic trust, which I claim is untenable absent subordinated parties’ autonomous assumption of responsibilities that establish their epistemic trustworthiness. Given the logics of elimination that are a defining feature of settler colonial projects, I claim that my approach provides a more effective defense of Indigenous alterities than proposals based on Fanon-inspired notions of ‘turning away.’

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Philosophy
Item Type:Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)
Authors:Dillon, Robbie
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Date:16 April 2021
Keywords:Indigenous Political Philosophy, Epistemic Injustice, Settler Colonialism, Domination, Resistance, First Nations
ID Code:988416
Deposited By: Robert Charles Dillon
Deposited On:28 May 2021 21:23
Last Modified:28 May 2021 21:23


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