Miranda Fricker
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Research and Professional Roles

Miranda is Presidential Professor of Philosophy at CUNY Graduate Center and Research Professor here in Sheffield.

She is co-leader of a research project with Prof Boudewijn de Bruin (University of Groningen), entitled Towards Professional Epistemic Justice: Finance and Medicine, and funded by the Dutch Research Council. The project funds two Sheffield PhD students, who will spend a fourth year in Groningen; and a 3-year Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr Elianna Fetterolf (a Sheffield PhD alumna). Elianna will ground the Medical Humanities side of the project in Sheffield during her first year before expanding the network to the Graduate Center in New York. The overarching theme of the project is Towards Professional Epistemic Justice: Finance and Medicine.

She served as Director of the Mind Association 2010-2015, and was recently appointed to the position of moral philosopher on the Spoliation Advisory Panel, DCMS, taking over the role from Baroness Mary Warnock.  She is an Associate editor of the Journal of the American Philosophical Association. She is a Fellow of the British Academy.

Miranda's main areas of interest are in ethics, social epistemology, and feminist philosophy, with occasional forays into political philosophy. She currently holds a two-year Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, working on a book in moral philosophy on blame and forgiveness.

m.fricker[at]sheffield.ac.uk

Books and collections

  • The Epistemic Life of Groups: Essays in the Epistemology of Collectives, eds. Brady & Fricker (Oxford University Press, 2016)
  • Applied Epistemology, Special Issue of the Journal of Applied Philosophy (2016), eds. Coady & Fricker
  • Reading Ethics, co-authored and edited with Sam Guttenplan. An introductory textbook with interactive commentaries on classic texts in moral philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009)
  • Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing (2007, Oxford University Press)
  • Cambridge Companion to Feminism in Philosophy, eds. Fricker & Hornsby (2000, Cambridge University Press)

Recent public lecture

'Constructions of Forgiveness', Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard, Feb 2016  http://bcove.me/02asch0d

Forthcoming papers

Reviews and resources on Epistemic Injustice

Lorraine Code's review is at Notre Dame Philosophical Review and Sabina Lovibond's at Philosophy; for Rae Langton's Hypatia review and Axel Gelfert's TLS review please click the relevant Download.

Social Epistemology brought out a Special Issue on Epistemic Injustice (2011, Vol. 26, issue 2) comprising papers by Elizabeth Anderson, James Bohman, Karen Jones, James McCollum, Jose Medina, Gloria Origgi, and Wayne Riggs; and an interview with Miranda conducted by Susan Dieleman. Subsequent exchanges came out online in the Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective.

Symposia on the book are in Episteme, Vol. 7, Issue 2 (2010), with commentators Linda Alcoff, Sanford Goldberg, and Chris Hookway; and in Theoria Vol. 23/1 No. 61 (2008), with commentators Jesus Zamora Bonilla and Francisco Javier Gil Martin.

An excellent teaching resource is the Oxford Bibliographies Online annotated reading list for Epistemic Injustice. 

A Routledge Handbook of Epistemic Injustice is forthcoming, eds. Kidd, Medina, & Pohlhaus.

Supervision

The Sheffield PhD students for whom I am the primary supervisor are:

  • Charlie Crerar, who is working on a thesis on intellectual vice
  • Tristan Goetze, working on conceptual responsibility
  • Simon Barker, working on radical disagreement.

Selected Papers

  • 'What's the Point of Blame? A Paradigm Based Explanation', Nous early view (2014)
  • 'Styles of Moral Relativism - A Critical Family Tree', Oxford Handbook of the History of Ethics, ed. Roger Crisp (OUP 2013)
  • 'Epistemic Justice As A Condition of Political Freedom', Synthese Vol. 190, Issue 7 (2013), 1317-1332
  • 'Group Testimony? The Making of A Collective Good Informant', Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 84 (2012), 249-276
  • 'The Relativism of Blame and Williams’ Relativism of Distance', Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society Supp. Vol. LXXXIV (2010), 151-77
  • ‘Can There Be Institutional Virtues?’, Oxford Studies in Epistemology (Special Theme: Social Epistemology) Vol. 3, eds. T. S. Gendler & J. Hawthorne (2010) pp. 235-252
  • ‘Scepticism and The Genealogy of Knowledge: Situating Epistemology in Time’ (Philosophical Papers, Vol. 37 (1) 2008: pp. 27-50), reprinted in A. Haddock, A. Millar & D. Pritchard (eds.) Social Epistemology (OUP, 2010)
  • ‘The Value of Knowledge and The Test of Time’, Epistemology, Royal Institute of Philosophy Series (Cambridge University Press, 2008) 'translated into Spanish and reprinted in eds. Margarita Valdés and Miquel Àngel Fernàndez, Valores Epistémicos (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2010)'
  • ‘Life-Story in Beauvoir’s Memoirs’, The Cambridge Companion to Simone de Beauvoir ed. Claudia Card (CUP, 2003)
  • ‘Confidence and Irony’, Morality, Reflection, and Ideology ed. Edward Harcourt (OUP, 2000)