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Microaggressions and Philosophy

1st Edition

Edited by Lauren Freeman, Jeanine Weekes Schroer


280 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2020-04-08
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This is one of the first books to offer a comprehensive philosophical treatment of microaggressions. Its aims are to provide an intersectional analysis of microaggressions that cuts across multiple groups and dimensions of oppression and marginalization, and to engage a variety of perspectives that have been sidelined within the discipline of philosophy. The volume gathers a diverse group of contributors: philosophers of color, philosophers with disabilities, philosophers of various nationalities and ethnicities, and philosophers of several genders and gender identities. Their unique frames of analysis articulate both how the concept of microaggressions can be used to clarify and sharpen our understanding of subtler aspects of oppression and how analysis, expansion, and reconceiving the notion of a microaggression can deepen and extend its explanatory power.

The essays in the volume are divided into four thematic parts. The essays in Part I seek to defend microaggressions from common critiques and to explain their impact beyond the context of college students. In Part II the contributors set forth a framework for legitimizing microaggressions research that takes into account issues of measurement, scale, and replication. Part III explores the harms of microaggressions. The chapters show how small slights can accumulate to produce significant harm at the macro level, demonstrate how microaggressions contribute to epistemic harm, and establish novel understandings of racial and accent-triggered microaggressions. Finally, Part IV addresses issues of disability and ableism within the context of microaggressions. It includes commentary on transgender athletes, disciplinary techniques for bodily nonconformity, ableist exceptionalism, and deafness.

Microaggressions and Philosophy features cutting-edge research on an important topic that will appeal to a wide range of students and scholars across disciplines. It includes perspectives from philosophy of psychology, empirically informed philosophy, feminist philosophy, critical race theory, disability theory, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, and social and political philosophy.


"This book provides an important critique of some common conversations about micoaggressions, but it also shows us what more informed and more interesting conversations about them look like."Stacey Goguen, Northeastern Illinois University, USA

"Microaggressions and Philosophy is a bold volume whose contributions span the scope of the structural, the interpersonal, and the scientific. It is essential reading for anyone interested in philosophy that engages with oppression and social justice."Nora Berenstain, University of Tennessee, USA

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: Microaggressions and Philosophy
  2. Lauren Freeman

  3. Sticks and Stones Can Break Your Bones and Words Can Really Hurt You:
  4. A Standpoint Epistemological Reply to Critics of the Microaggression Research Program

    Lauren Freeman and Heather Stewart

  5. Microaggressions, Mechanisms, and Harm
  6. Cameron Evans and Ron Mallon

  7. Psychological Research on Racial Microaggressions: Community Science and Concept Explication
  8. Morgan Thompson

  9. Taking the Measure of Microaggression: How to Put Boundaries on a Nebulous Concept
  10. Regina Rini

  11. Escalating Linguistic Violence: From Microaggressions to Hate Speech
  12. Emma McClure

  13. Outing Foreigners: Accent and Linguistic Microaggressions
  14. Saray Ayala-López

  15. I Know What Happened to Me: The Epistemic Harms of Microaggression
  16. Saba Fatima

  17. A Defense of Intentional Microaggressions and Microaggressive Harassment:
  18. The Fundamental Attribution Error, Harassment, and Gaslighting of Transgender Athletes

    Christina Friedlaender & Rachel McKinnon

  19. Microaggressions as a Disciplinary Technique for Fat and Potentially Fat Bodies
  20. Alison Reiheld

  21. The Message in the Microaggression: Epistemic Oppression at the Intersection of Disability and Race
  22. Jeanine Weekes Schroer and Zara Bain

  23. Racial Methodological Microaggressions: When Good Intersectionality Goes Bad

Tempest Henning

About the Editors

Lauren Freeman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Louisville, USA. Her research interests span the areas of feminist philosophy, philosophy of medicine, and philosophy of emotion. She has published articles on microaggressions, implicit bias and stereotype threat, and is currently writing a book on microaggressions in medicine.

Jeanine Weekes Schroer is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, USA. Her research areas include social philosophy, feminist theory, critical race theory, and epistemologies of ignorance.

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Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy

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