British Philosopher Presents World Philosophy Day Lecture Nov. 14

KUTZTOWN, Pa. – The Kutztown University Department of Philosophy presents famous British philosopher Dr. Miranda Fricker to deliver the ninth annual UNESCO World Philosophy Day lecture, 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, in 145 Boehm. Fricker will present, ‘The Value of Being Believed: Epistemic Injustices and Domination.’ Arrive early at 4:30 p.m. for a reception in the Boehm lobby.

Light refreshments will be available during the meet-and-greet lobby reception. The lecture will address the question: what is the value of being believed? Fricker argues that we can best answer this question by looking at experiences of being wrongfully disbelieved. She will explain different kinds of epistemic injustice and explore them in relation to an idea of political domination, in connection with a present-day example of Colombian women’s campaign to have their voices heard.

Fricker is presidential professor of Philosophy at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and honorary professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield. Her research is primarily in ethics and social epistemology with a special interest in virtue and feminist perspectives. She is the author of Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing, co-author of Reading Ethics: Selected texts with interactive commentary and co-editor of a number of collections, the most recent of which is The Routledge Handbook of Social Epistemology. She is an associate editor of the Journal of the American Philosophical Association and a fellow of the British Academy.

Every year, UNESCO celebrates World Philosophy Day to honor philosophical reflection around the world. Celebrations normally take place on or around the third Thursday of November. It is a day for sharing thoughts and reflecting upon new ideas for addressing challenges faced by humanity. The purpose is to reinforce our shared humanity through philosophical reflection.

Special thanks to the Kutztown University Activities Board and the Office of the Dean and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for their continued support of this event.

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