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Varieties of Epistemic Injustice

Project Description

The notion of epistemic injustice — the injustice done to someone in their capacity as a knower — has attracted increasing attention since it was influentially discussed by Miranda Fricker in ‘Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing’. The two main kinds of epistemic injustice discussed in the literature are testimonial injustice — roughly, the injustice done by a hearer H to a speaker S when owing to prejudice H affords S less-than-due credibility — and hermeneutical injustice — roughly, the injustice done to a victim when, owing to a lack in the collective hermeneutical resource, their understanding of some aspect of the victim’s experience is obscured. This project aims to critically engage with this notion. Possible theses written under this project will aim to reach some of the following goals:

- Explore the possible applications of testimonial and hermeneutical injustice, as described by Fricker, to novel domains;
- Motivate more nuanced understandings of either or both of these two notions;
- Examine the extension of testimonial injustice to other epistemic sources;
- Investigate the notions of prejudice and marginalization which epistemic injustice fundamentally relies on

Funding Notes

Some of the PhD opportunities in the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy have funding attached. Applications for study are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding for this particular project will only be available on a competition basis to Overseas applicants and you should please consult our website ( for further details.

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