To Mask or Not to Mask

Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 25 (3):503-512 (2021)
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Reluctance to adopt mask-wearing as a preventive measure is widely observed in many Western societies since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemics. This reluctance toward mask adoption, like any other complex social phenomena, will have multiple causes. Plausible explanations have been identified, including political polarization, skepticism about media reports and the authority of public health agencies, and concerns over liberty, amongst others. In this paper, we propose potential explanations hitherto unnoticed, based on the framework of epistemic injustice. We show how testimonial injustice and hermeneutical injustice may be at work to shape the reluctant mask adoption at both the societal and individual levels. We end by suggesting how overcoming these epistemic injustices can benefit the global community in this challenging situation and in the future.

Author Profiles

Hsiang-Yun Chen
Academia Sinica
Linus Huang
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Li-an Yu
Bielefeld University (PhD)


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