The Ethical Turn in Epistemic Cognition

International Society of the Learning Sciences
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An engaged, informed citizenry is important for tackling many of the words most pressing sustainability issues. Epistemic cognition research may play a key role in understanding and developing such capacities. Recent shifts in epistemic cognition that draw on social epistemology are to be welcomed, however, there is further potential here in drawing on a recent ethical turn in epistemology to make explicit the ethical assumptions underpinning the area of epistemic cognition. That is, that epistemic cognition has ethical dimensions, including that we (1) care about consequential issues, epistemic issues that have stakes, (2) have epistemic obligations, and (3) should attend to concerns of epistemic injustice. I argue for scoping epistemic cognition to recognize these ethical turns, reflecting that the significance of bringing these concerns – already present in much work – into focus for further inquiry.
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