TITLE

Basic Income and the Ideal of Epistemic Equality

AUTHOR(S)
Herzog, Lisa
PUB. DATE
June 2016
SOURCE
Basic Income Studies;Jun2016, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p29
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In this short paper I explore whether a pro tanto argument for an unconditional basic income can be developed from a specific normative basis: the idea of epistemic equality as applied to organizations. In a broad sense, epistemic equality describes the idea that every individual has an equal right to speak up and to be heard if she has relevant information or knowledge to share, questions to ask, or complaints to bring forward. Epistemic equality has moral, instrumental, and instrumentally moral value in organizations. Drawing on Miranda Fricker's work on epistemic injustice (2009), I argue that we have good reasons to postulate epistemic equality as a normative ideal for organizations, even if - and precisely because - they are otherwise hierarchically structured. The hypothesis I then proceed to explore is that an unconditional basic income, by providing better opportunities for 'exit', might be a step that would strengthen epistemic equality in organizations.
ACCESSION #
117720162

 

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