Epistemic injustice in mathematics

Colin Jakob Rittberg*, Fenner Stanley Tanswell, Jean Paul Van Bendegem

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Abstract

We investigate how epistemic injustice can manifest itself in mathematical practices. We do this as both a social epistemological and virtue-theoretic investigation of mathematical practices. We delineate the concept both positively—we show that a certain type of folk theorem can be a source of epistemic injustice in mathematics—and negatively by exploring cases where the obstacles to participation in a mathematical practice do not amount to epistemic injustice. Having explored what epistemic injustice in mathematics can amount to, we use the concept to highlight a potential danger of intellectual enculturation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3875-3904
Number of pages30
JournalSynthese
Volume197
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Caramello
  • Enculturation
  • Epistemic injustice
  • Folk theorems
  • Philosophy of mathematics
  • Ramanujan
  • Royen
  • Virtues

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