1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Epistemic Injustice

Edited By Ian James Kidd, José Medina, Gaile Pohlhaus, Jr. Copyright 2017
    456 Pages
    by Routledge

    438 Pages
    by Routledge

    In the era of information and communication, issues of misinformation and miscommunication are more pressing than ever. Epistemic injustice - one of the most important and ground-breaking subjects to have emerged in philosophy in recent years - refers to those forms of unfair treatment that relate to issues of knowledge, understanding, and participation in communicative practices.

    The Routledge Handbook of Epistemic Injustice is an outstanding reference source to the key topics, problems and debates in this exciting subject. The first collection of its kind, it comprises over thirty chapters by a team of international contributors, divided into five parts:

    • Core Concepts
    • Liberatory Epistemologies and Axes of Oppression
    • Schools of Thought and Subfields within Epistemology
    • Socio-political, Ethical, and Psychological Dimensions of Knowing
    • Case Studies of Epistemic Injustice.

    As well as fundamental topics such as testimonial and hermeneutic injustice and epistemic trust, the Handbook includes chapters on important issues such as social and virtue epistemology, objectivity and objectification, implicit bias, and gender and race. Also included are chapters on areas in applied ethics and philosophy, such as law, education, and healthcare.

    The Routledge Handbook of Epistemic Injustice is essential reading for students and researchers in ethics, epistemology, political philosophy, feminist theory, and philosophy of race. It will also be very useful for those in related fields, such as cultural studies, sociology, education and law.

    Introduction Ian James Kidd, José Medina, and Gaile Pohlhaus, Jr. 

    Part 1: Core Concepts

    1. Varieties of Epistemic Injustice Gaile Pohlhaus, Jr.

    2. Varieties of Testimonial Injustice Jeremy Wanderer

    3. Varieties of Hermeneutical Injustice José Medina

    4. Evolving Concepts of Epistemic Injustice Miranda Fricker

    5. Epistemic Injustice as Distributive Injustice David Coady

    6. Trust, Distrust, and Epistemic Injustice Katherine Hawley

    7. Forms of Knowing and Epistemic Resources Alexis Shotwell

    8. Epistemic Responsibility Lorraine Code

    9. Ideology Charles Mills

    Part 2: Liberatory Epistemologies and Axes of Oppression

    10. Intersectionality and Epistemic Injustice Patricia Hill Collins

    11. Feminist Epistemology: The Subject of Knowledge Nancy Tuana

    12. Epistemic Injustice and the Philosophy of Race Luvell Anderson

    13. Decolonial Praxis and Epistemic Injustice Andrea J. Pitts

    14. Queer Epistemology and Epistemic Injustice Kim Q. Hall

    15. Allies Behaving Badly: Gaslighting as Epistemic Injustice Rachel McKinnon

    16. Knowing Disability Differently Shelley Tremain

    Part 3: Schools of Thought and Subfields within Epistemology

    17. Power/Knowledge/Resistance: Foucault and Epistemic Injustice Amy Allen

    18. Epistemic Injustice and Phenomenology Lisa Guenther

    19. On the Harms of Epistemic Injustice: Pragmatism and Transactional Epistemology Shannon Sullivan

    20. Social Epistemology and Epistemic Injustice Sanford Goldberg

    21. Testimonial Injustice, Epistemic Vice, and Virtue Epistemology Heather Battaly

    Part 4: Socio-political, Ethical, and Psychological Dimensions of Knowing

    22. Implicit Bias and Stereotype Threat Jennifer Saul

    23. What’s Wrong with Epistemic Injustice? Harm, Vice, Objectification, Misrecognition Matthew Congdon

    24. Epistemic and Political Agency Lorenzo Simpson

    25. Epistemic and Political Freedom Susan Babbitt

    26. Epistemic Communities and Institutions Nancy McHugh

    27. Objectivity, Epistemic Objectification, and Oppression Sally Haslanger

    Part 5: Case Studies of Epistemic Injustice

    28. Epistemic Justice and the Law Michael Sullivan

    29. The Case of Digital Environments Gloria Origgi and Serena Ciranna

    30. Epistemic Injustice in Science Heidi Grasswick

    31. Education and Epistemic Injustice Ben Kotzee

    32. Epistemic Injustice in Medicine and Healthcare Havi Carel and Ian James Kidd

    33. Epistemic Injustice and Mental Illness Anastasia Scrutton

    34. Indigenous Peoples, Anthropology, and the Legacy of Epistemic Injustice Rebecca Tsosie

    35. Epistemic Injustice and Archaeological Heritage Andreas Pantazatos

    36. Epistemic Injustice and Religion Ian James Kidd

    37. Philosophy and Philosophical Practice: Eurocentrism as an Epistemology of Ignorance Linda Martín Alcoff



    Ian James Kidd is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nottingham, UK. With Jonathan Beale he is editor of Wittgenstein and Scientism (Routledge, 2017).

    José Medina is Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, USA. He is the author of four books, including The Epistemology of Resistance: Gender and Racial Oppression, Epistemic Injustice, and Resistant Imaginations (2013).

    Gaile Pohlhaus, Jr. is Associate Professor of Philosophy and affiliate of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Miami University, USA.

    "… [A] comprehensive anthology on the current theories of epistemic injustice with important implications for future research. The diverse methods and topics of this text make it an excellent introduction for graduate seminars, as well as a common resource for researchers in the field. It includes contributions from most authors active in the field, with enough diversity in contributors to represent the substantive and methodological differences among them. … The Routledge Handbook of Epistemic Injustice provides a great deal of content and opportunities in a single volume." - Amiel Bernal, Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective

    "This could not be a more timely and consequential book. The editors assemble an impressive cross-section of contributors actively engaged in debates about the nature of epistemic violence, injustice, and responsibility. Best of all, they turn their gaze back on philosophy itself, and they turn it outward, asking what strategies of resistance, disruption, prevention and repair make sense, given their diagnoses of the problem. This is philosophy that 'lets the world in'." - Alison Wylie, University of Washington – Seattle, USA, and Durham University, UK

    "The chapters collected here are authored by an all-star cast. They ably explore the many implications of epistemic injustice across philosophical sub-fields and through timely case studies. This Handbook takes the next step in broadening and deepening our understanding of this distinctive form of harm." - Michael Brownstein, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), USA

    "This is a timely and well-constructed volume on the state of discussions around epistemic injustice. The interdisciplinary nature of the chapters and the comprehensiveness of the coverage makes it a ‘must-read’ for anyone interested in investigations into epistemic injustice today. I, for one, sincerely thank the editors for their service in bringing together diverse authors and an expansive range of topics for this grand and successful book." - Kristie Dotson, Michigan State University, USA