Group Ignorance: An Account Based on Case Studies of Fundamentalist and White Ignorance

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Group Ignorance: An Account Based on Case Studies of Fundamentalist and White Ignorance

Rik Peels, Thirza J. Lagewaard. (2021). “Group Ignorance: An Account Based on Case Studies of Fundamentalist and White Ignorance”, in Jennifer Lackey and Aidan McGlynn (eds), Oxford Handbook of Social Epistemology (Oxford: Oxford University Press), forthcoming.

Date Published: 14 January 2021
Author(s): Rik Peels, Thirza J. Lagewaard

Abstract

What is it for a group to be ignorant? This is the question we answer in this chapter. After a few important distinctions regarding ignorance, we provide two case studies of group ignorance: fundamentalist ignorance and white ignorance. We formulate six desiderata that an account of group ignorance should meet. Subsequently, we argue that existing accounts of group belief, group justification, and group knowledge cannot easily be transposed to group ignorance. We then lay out our own Dynamic Account of group ignorance and reply to several objections that might be leveled against it.

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