Gaslighting and Epistemic Injustice


9:00      Alison Bailey: "On Anger, Silence, and Epistemic Injustice"

10:15     Coffee Break

10:45     Rachel McKinnon: "Gaslighting as Epistemic Violence: ‘Allies,’ Fucking Quit It"

12:00     Lunch

1:30      Olufemi Taiwo: "Is Development Aid Gaslighting?"

2:45      Break

3:00      Christine Wieseler: "Wrongful Requests and Strategic Refusals to Understand: Implications for Discussions                                of Disabled People within Biomedical Ethics"

4:15      Coffee Break

4:45      Keynote Address, Gaile Pohlhaus, Jr.: "Gaslighting, Echoing, and Gathering; or Why Collective Epistemic                                                   Resistance is not a 'Witch Hunt'"

7:00      Dinner


Keynote Speakers

Kate Manne, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Cornell University

Gaile Pohlhaus, Jr.,Associate Professor of Philosophy, Miami University


Invited Speakers

Kate Abramson, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Indiana University

Alison Bailey, Professor of Philosophy, Illinois State University

Rachel McKinnon, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, College of Charleston

Elena Ruíz, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Michigan State University

Cynthia Stark, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Utah

Over the past 10 years, following the publication of Miranda Fricker’s groundbreaking book, Epistemic Injustice: Power & the Ethics of Knowing, philosophers have begun increasingly to attend to issues of epistemic injustice, a phenomenon that occurs when individuals are wronged in their capacity as knowers.

Epistemic injustice often arises in cases involving differing positions of social privilege, where prejudice and power combine to undermine an individual’s own testimony.

This conference aims to focus specifically on distinctive forms of epistemic injustice produced through lying, misinformation, manipulation, and deceit. A paradigm example is the phenomenon known as “gaslighting.” In the 1944 film Gas Light, Gregory Anton slowly and cruelly manipulates his wife Paula into thinking that she is going insane.

Having deliberately caused the lights in their home to dim, Gregory insists that Paula must be imagining it whenever the subject is raised. This depiction of Paula’s plight – made especially poignant by a brilliant performance from Ingrid Bergman – has given rise to the term “gaslighting,” used to refer to one individual or individuals causing another to question their own perceptions, beliefs, and memories through a series of manipulations, deceptions, and lies.

The conference is organized by Amy Kind and Adrienne Martin on behalf of the Claremont McKenna College Department of Philosophy.

We are grateful to the Dean of Faculty’s Office and the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies for their financial support.

For questions, please contact Amy Kind at


Registration, including the option to buy lunches on Friday the 22nd and Saturday the 23rd, is available here:

There is no registration fee, and registration is not required to attend part or all of the conference. For further questions regarding registration, please email

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 9:00am to 9:00pm

Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum
385 East 8th Street, Claremont, CA

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