London annual lectures

Systemic, Structural, and Institutional Injustice: What’s the difference?

Sally Haslanger explores how we can distinguish between systemic, structural and institutional injustice.

The terms ‘systemic injustice’ and ‘structural injustice’ are often used interchangeably and are often equated with ‘institutional injustice.’ But in order to understand these different forms of injustice, we should have a clear idea of what they are and how to distinguish them.

Using racism as a paradigm case, this talk sketches an account of society as a complex system and show how relations that make up the structures are constituted by social practices. This will help us locate some of the leverage points for social change.

  • Speaker

    Sally Haslanger is Ford Professor of Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies at MIT. She has published in metaphysics, epistemology, feminist theory, and critical race theory. Her work links issues of social justice with contemporary work in epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind. Haslanger is deeply committed to promoting diversity in philosophy and beyond. She was the founder and convener of the Women in Philosophy Task Force, and co-founded PIKSI-Boston, a summer philosophy institute for undergraduates from under-represented groups. In 2013-4, she was the President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, and in 2015, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.