Miranda Fricker
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Research and Professional Roles

Miranda is Presidential Professor of Philosophy at CUNY Graduate Center and Honorary 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 was based in Sheffield on the Medical Humanities side of the project during her first year, when she set up a successful course for on medicine and justice in the Medical School, to be repeated again this year. She is now based at the Graduate Center in New York. The overarching theme of the project is Towards Professional Epistemic Justice: Finance and Medicine. The two PhD students on the project are Kayleigh Doherty and Barend Cornelis de Rooij.

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.  She is an Associate editor of the Journal of the American Philosophical Association and 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.

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)

Podcast and lecture on blaming and forgiving

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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)