Epistemic injustice in speech acts

Rusu, Daniela (2024) Epistemic injustice in speech acts. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Epistemic injustice has seen substantial exploration regarding the harm hearers can inflict upon speakers, largely following the foundational work of Miranda Fricker. However, far less work has been put into epistemic injustice generated by speakers, and the academic landscape lacks an integrated, systematic investigation into scenarios where speakers cause harm to hearers in their epistemic capacities. This thesis stands as an endeavour to fill this knowledge gap, offering an in-depth analysis of circumstances where speech acts generate epistemic injustice, with a specific emphasis on the harm speakers impart on hearers.

This research outlines the distinct ways in which asserters can enact epistemic injustice upon hearers, classifying the harm into two main categories: quantitative and qualitative epistemic deprivation. Through a detailed examination of these types of deprivation, this thesis sheds light on the complex dimensions of epistemic injustice perpetrated by speakers, adding a fresh and needed viewpoint to the existing academic conversation on this topic. The insights offered in this thesis aim to deepen the understanding of speaker-hearer dynamics, fostering a more comprehensive approach to addressing and mitigating such injustices in diverse communicative scenarios.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Funder's Name: European Research Council (ERC)
Supervisor's Name: Simion, Professor Mona, Kelp, Professor Christoph and Gordon, Dr. Emma
Date of Award: 2024
Depositing User: Theses Team
Unique ID: glathesis:2024-84207
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2024 13:05
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2024 13:08
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.84207
URI: https://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/84207

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