Professor Miranda Fricker

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Department of Philosophy, The University of Sheffield

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Miranda Fricker is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield. She is the author of Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing (OUP, 2007), which explores how relations of social power and identity impinge in our epistemic practices to produce distinctively epistemic forms of injustice—injustices in which someone is undermined specifically in their capacity as a knower. She co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Feminism in Philosophy with Jennifer Hornsby (2000); and she is co-author of Reading Ethics, written with Sam Guttenplan, a book of commentaries on selected readings in moral philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009). Her main areas of interest are ethics, social epistemology, virtue epistemology, and those areas of feminist philosophy that focus on issues of power, social identity, and epistemic authority.

Her current research is on the nature and point of blame and forgiveness; and on how best to model collective virtues and vices—those in particular that institutional bodies (such as medical bodies, research teams, tribunals…) might possess.

She has been a discussant on radio programmes in the UK such as BBC Radio 4’s ‘In Our Time’, and there are podcasts of interviews with her about her book, and about ethical relativism, downloadable from and iTunes. Most recently she discussed blame on ‘The Philosopher’s Arms’, Radio 4 (20.8.13).