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Towards a Liberatory Epistemology


Part of the Palgrave Innovations in Philosophy book series (PIIP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Deborah K. Heikes
    Pages 1-42
  3. Deborah K. Heikes
    Pages 43-91
  4. Deborah K. Heikes
    Pages 93-142
  5. Deborah K. Heikes
    Pages 143-179
  6. Deborah K. Heikes
    Pages 181-204
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 205-212

About this book


This book offers a compelling examination of our moral and epistemic obligations to be reasonable people who seek to understand the social reality of those who are different from us. Considering the oppressive aspects of socially constructed ignorance, Heikes argues that ignorance produces both injustice and epistemic repression, before going on to explore how our moral and epistemic obligations to be understanding and reasonable can overcome the negative effects of ignorance.

Through the combination of three separate areas of philosophical interest- ignorance, understanding, and reasonableness- Heikes seeks to find a way to correct for epistemological and moral injustices, satisfying needs in feminist theory and critical race theory for an epistemology that offers hope of overcoming the ethical problem of oppression.


Epistemology Ignorance Understanding Reasonableness Feminist Theory Critical Race Theory Justice

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Alabama in HuntsvilleHuntsvilleUSA

About the authors

Deborah K. Heikes is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, USA.  She has published three other books: Rationality, Representation, and Race (2016); The Virtue of Feminist Rationality (2012), and Rationality and Feminist Philosophy (2010). Her main area of interest lies in feminist epistemology and the ethical implications of this epistemology.  

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Towards a Liberatory Epistemology
  • Authors Deborah K. Heikes
  • Series Title Palgrave Innovations in Philosophy
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Innovations in Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-16484-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-16487-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-16485-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 212
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Epistemology
    Political Philosophy
    Social Philosophy
    Moral Philosophy
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