Chapter 13 Epistemic injustice
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Epistemic/cognitive injustice is a deliberate result of the cognitive empire operating through invasion of the mental universe of its victims. At the centre of the cognitive empire are epistemological and ontological crimes of denial of humanity of other people, theft of history, epistemicides, culturecides, and linguicides - all these constituting epistemic/cognitive injustices. Epistemic/cognitive injustice is defined as the refusal if not failure to recognize the different ways through which diverse people across the human globe make sense and provide meaning to their existence. This chapter provides an overview of how the cognitive empire committed epistemic/cognitive injustices. Its entry point is how epistemology framed ontology/how knowledge created reality. Historically, the chapter proceeds to analyse how Euromodernity was underpinned by Eurocentric epistemology. Conceptually, the chapter introduces the cognitive empire and highlights its operative logics. Empirically, the chapter turns to such institutions as the church, schools and universities as sites and agencies of epistemicides.

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