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The Routledge Handbook of Epistemic Injustice

ISBN 9780367370633
Published September 11, 2019 by Routledge
456 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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


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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