‘Epistemic Injustice and Illness’ – Ian James Kidd & Havi Carel – Durham University, 24th June 2013

A seminar to be held at the Williams Library, St Chad’s College, Durham University on Monday 24th June from 5.00pm.

Ian James Kidd, Department of Philosophy, Durham University & Dr Havi Carel, Department of Philosophy, University of Bristol.

‘In this paper, we argue that ill persons can suffer from epistemic injustice in the sense articulated by Miranda Fricker (2007). Using reports from ill persons and their carers, we identify four types of epistemic injustice: testimonial and hermeneutical injustice and participatory and informational prejudice. These forms of injustice arise owing to a variety of features of the social experience of ill persons, including prejudicial judgments about the status of their emotional and cognitive faculties and certain entrenched features of contemporary healthcare practice, amongst others. We close the paper by proposing that phenomenology can play an important role in ameliorating the epistemic injustice experienced by ill persons by helping them to close the gaps in collective hermeneutical resources which otherwise prevent them from sharing and making sense of their experiences of illness and their identities as ill persons.’

Attendance is free but please RSVP to c.m.syson@durham.ac.uk


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One Response to ‘Epistemic Injustice and Illness’ – Ian James Kidd & Havi Carel – Durham University, 24th June 2013

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