Book launch and discussion
The Wrong of Injustice: Dehumanization and its Role in Feminist Philosophy, by Mari Mikkola
Prof. Dr. Mari Mikkola Philosophy, Professor of Practical Philosophy, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, author of The Wrong of Injustice
Dr Sophie Archer, The Robin Geffen Research Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, Keble College, Oxford University
Prof. Alessandra Tanesini, Professor of Philosophy, Cardiff University
Chair: Dr Roxana Baiasu, Associate Member of the Philosophy Faculty, Oxford University, and Tutorial Fellow, the Stanford University Centre in Oxford; Convener of the Oxford Forum
Oppression, domination, and discrimination that are based on socially salient identifications are exemplary forms of structural, social injustice. But what makes these forms of social injustice wrongful? Is there a single wrongness-making feature? If so, what is it? Approaching these questions from a distinctly feminist perspective opens up related and more specific questions: Why is sexist oppression of women wrongful? What are the wrongness-making features of patriarchal damage done to women? In her recent book, The Wrong of Injustice, Mari Mikkola answers these questions by developing a particular notion of dehumanization understood (roughly) as a violation of legitimate human interests, rather than as a 'violation' of human dignity or worth. The panel will discuss central aspects of Mikkola's challenging approach to these issues.