On the epistemological similarities of market liberalism and standpoint theory

Raimund Pils*, Philipp Schoenegger

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this paper, we draw attention to the epistemological assumptions of market liberalism and standpoint theory and argue that they have more in common than previously thought. We show that both traditions draw on a similar epistemological bedrock, specifically relating to the fragmentation of knowledge in society and the fact that some of this knowledge cannot easily be shared between agents. We go on to investigate how market liberals and standpoint theorists argue with recourse to these similar foundations, and sometimes diverge, primarily because of normative pre-commitments. One conclusion we draw from this is that these similarities suggest that market liberals ought to, by their own epistemological lights, be more attentive towards various problems raised by feminist standpoint theorists, and feminist standpoint theorists ought to be more open to various claims made by market liberals.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages21
VolumeFirst View
Early online date10 May 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 May 2021


  • Feminism
  • Hayek
  • Liberalism
  • Market epistemology
  • Social epistemology
  • Standpoint theory


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