Cognitive Science Lunchtime Talk - Joy Shim

Thu, Oct 7, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Virtual Event

Abstract: Despite frequently being invoked in social theorizing, the notion of group perspectives has evaded conceptual scrutiny in philosophy. In this paper, I develop a theory of group perspectives by way of an analogy with spatial perspectives. I argue that groups occupy social locations, which anchor indexical thoughts through social space in similar ways to how physical locations anchor indexical thoughts in physical space. I present this account in contrast to potential approaches to group perspectives modeled on two predominant approaches of conceptualizing groups in social epistemology, which I call aggregative and integrative approaches. While my proposed account applies broadly to various kinds of social groups, from sports fans to political parties, I demonstrate how it offers special insight for groups that exist under oppressive circumstances.