ABSTRACT. This article uses four levels of thought within Dogon epistemology to explore scientific, cultural, historical, symbolic, and spiritual questions of privilege. Privilege is typically seen as embodied in affect and attitudes, in what one notices and ignores, in how one acts and carries oneself, and in how one speaks. Using Dogon epistemology helps to think through questions of privilege in new ways. For example, with Dogon epistemology, not only can the concept of privilege be used to diagnose the marginalization of African thought within mainstream scientific epistemology, but also, it can uncover some ambiguities which are productive to the development of educational interests and public policy proposals. pp. 136–154

Keywords: privilege; epistemology; African thought; science

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