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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Tuvel, Rebecca Dayna
URN etd-07102014-161455
Title Epistemic Injustice Expanded: A Feminist, Animal Studies Approach
Degree PhD
Department Philosophy
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Kelly Oliver Committee Chair
Charles Scott Committee Member
David Wood Committee Member
José Medina Committee Member
Lisa Guenther Committee Member
Lori Gruen Committee Member
  • feminist social epistemology
  • epistemic injustice
  • animal ethics
  • animal knowledge
  • feminist animal ethics
Date of Defense 2014-06-09
Availability unrestricted
In this dissertation, I argue that an account of epistemic injustice sensitive to interlocking oppressions must take us beyond injustice to human knowers. Although several feminist epistemologists argue for the incorporation of all forms of oppression into their analyses, feminist epistemology remains for the most part an anthropocentric enterprise. Yet insofar as a reduction to animal irrationality has been central to the epistemic injustice of both humans and animals, I propose that in addition to axes of gender, race, class and sex, feminist epistemology must register the animal-human dichotomy as a fundamental driving mechanism inherent in epistemic injustice. From the perspective of a truly liberatory epistemology, I thus argue for an expanded account of epistemic injustice that is both 1) sufficiently attentive to the way injustices to human knowers continue to rely on animal oppression and 2) that accommodates epistemic injustices against animal knowers.
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