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Giladi, Paul (2020) 'The Agent in Pain: Alienation and Discursive Abuse.' International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 28 (5). pp. 692-712.

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My aim in this paper is to draw attention to a currently underdeveloped notion of pain and alienation, in order to sketch an account of the harms of ‘discursive abuse’. This form of abuse comprises systemic practices of violating a person’s vulnerable integrity as a knowing agent. Discursive abuse results in, what I would like to call, ‘agential alienation’. This particular genus of alienation, whose broad conceptual origins lie in the respective works of Hegel and the early Marx, involves an agent being robbed of their self-conception as a rational inquirer and participant in a deliberative public sphere. Such alienation causes a particular kind of pain for an agent that often has harrowing material effects.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Epistemic oppression; epistemic injustice; vulnerability; recognition; pain; alienation
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of Religions & Philosophies
ISSN: 09672559
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the article accepted for publication in International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 28 (5). pp. 692-712 (2020), published by Taylor and Francis. Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2023 17:54

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