Drawing on phenomenology’s account of “passive synthesis,” this paper seeks to provide a phenomenological vocabulary that could be useful in explaining institutional oppression to those who find it difficult to understand that we can be responsible for acts and meanings that we do not intend. Though the main goal of the paper is to justify the use of the terminology of passive synthesis in the discourse on oppression, the paper ends by suggesting how employing passive synthesis in this manner suggests ways of combating oppression.
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DeRoo, Neal, "Phenomenological Insights into Oppression: Passive Synthesis and Personal Responsibility" (2013). Faculty Work: Comprehensive List. Paper 16.