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How to Fight Linguistic Injustice in Science: Equity Measures and Mitigating Agents

Vučković, Aleksandra and Sikimić, Vlasta (2022) How to Fight Linguistic Injustice in Science: Equity Measures and Mitigating Agents. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Though a common language of science allows for easier communication of the results among researchers, the use of lingua franca also comes with the cost of losing some of the diverse ideas and results arising from the plurality of languages. Following Quine's famous thesis about the indeterminacy of translation, we elaborate on the inherent loss of diverse ideas when only one language of science is used. Non-native speakers sometimes experience epistemic injustice due to their language proficiency and consequently, their scientific insights get marginalized. Thus, it is important to epistemically include the results of all researchers independent of their native language. As a solution, we promote epistemic equity and inclusion both on the individual level and on the level of the scientific community. Epistemic equity means that researchers who suffer disadvantages because of their language skills get support from the rest of the scientific community that will compensate for their disadvantage and at the same time facilitate their epistemic inclusion. This can be achieved through the introduction of mitigating agents - the individuals and organizations that ought to serve as a communication bridge between individual researchers and the scientific community.


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Vučković, Aleksandraaleksandra.vuchkovic@gmail.com0000-0002-5960-2909
Sikimić, Vlastavlasta.sikimic@uni-tuebingen.de0000-0002-6996-9341
Keywords: linguistic injustice, science, equity measures, mitigating agents
Subjects: General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Ms. Aleksandra Vučković
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2022 14:39
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2022 14:39
Item ID: 21043
Subjects: General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21043

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