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Poetic injustice
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5141-3134
2023 (English)In: Episteme: A journal of individual and social epistemology, ISSN 1742-3600, E-ISSN 1750-0117Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

When J.R. Cash (Johnny Cash) sings that he shot a man in Reno just to watch him die, audiences impressed by the singer's skillful creation and depiction of a nihilistic lyrical subject clap and cheer. When Terrell Doyley (Skengdo) and Joshua Malinga (A.M.) sang broadly similar lyrics at a concert in 2018, London's Metropolitan Police and the Crown Prosecution Service took them to be describing violent acts they had participated in and violent intentions they harbored, and the lyrics were used as the basis for legal proceedings against the singers that resulted in convictions. In this paper, I will argue that Doyley and Malinga's case illustrates a distinctive and important form that epistemic injustice can take. By failing to see their lyrics as speech that involves the exercise of their capacity for imagination, the police and prosecutors treat them as an impoverished sort of epistemic agent. I will call the wrong involved in cases like this one poetic injustice.

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Cambridge University Press, 2023.
Keywords [en]
Epistemic injustice, discursive injustice, imagination, fiction, drill rap
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Philosophy
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aesthetics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-217298DOI: 10.1017/epi.2022.47ISI: 000943877900001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-217298DiVA, id: diva2:1815330
Available from: 2023-11-28 Created: 2023-11-28 Last updated: 2023-11-30

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