Addressing Microaggressions and Epistemic Injustice

Flourishing from the Work of Audre Lorde

Authors

  • Mark Tschaepe Prairie View A&M University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/eph.31404

Keywords:

Audre Lorde, microaggressions, epistemic injustice, ethics, narrative, difference, intersectionality

Abstract

Microaggressions cause epistemic injustice and prevent human flourishing. As a step toward the recognition of microaggressions as sources of epistemic injustice and their remedy as a source for flourishing, I propose active engagement with narratives that present cases of microaggressions as they are contextualized in experience. The poet, essayist, and mythobiographer, Audre Lorde, provides contextualized narratives that express experiences of microaggressions from multiply intersectional and humanistic perspectives. Lorde’s work is an ideal source for actively engaging with experiences of microaggressions and epistemic injustice from a practical, humanist perspective. I argue that Lorde provides useful tools that assist in acknowledging, addressing, and remedying epistemic injustice. Her work suggests uses of anger through reconstruction and receptivity to difference that facilitate human flourishing.

Author Biography

Mark Tschaepe, Prairie View A&M University

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Board Director, AIDS Foundation Houston

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Published

2016-09-20

How to Cite

Tschaepe, M. (2016). Addressing Microaggressions and Epistemic Injustice: Flourishing from the Work of Audre Lorde. Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, 24(1), 87–101. https://doi.org/10.1558/eph.31404

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