Epistemic Injustice and Illness

Ian James Kidd, Havi Hannah Carel

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This article analyses the phenomenon of epistemic injustice within contemporary healthcare. We begin by detailing the persistent complaints patients make about their testimonial frustration and hermeneutical marginalization, and the negative impact this has on their care. We offer an epistemic analysis of this problem using Miranda Fricker's account of epistemic injustice. We detail two types of epistemic injustice, testimonial and hermeneutical, and identify the negative stereotypes and structural features of modern healthcare practices that generate them. We claim that these stereotypes and structural features render ill persons especially vulnerable to these two types of epistemic injustice. We end by proposing five avenues for further work on epistemic injustice in healthcare.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-190
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Applied Philosophy
Issue number2
Early online date8 Feb 2016
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017

Structured keywords

  • Centre for Humanities Health and Science


  • epistemic injustice
  • Hookway
  • health care
  • patient testimony
  • hermeneutical injustice
  • Fricker


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