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Testimonial injustice occurs when hearers discredit speakers on the basis of perceived identity features and associated assumptions about reliability. Unwarranted credibility denial derives from and reinforces the oppressive power dynamics structuring contemporary society. This thesis examines testimonial exchange within a framework of moral obligation, interpersonal wronging, and accountability. I conclude that testimonial injustice represents a violation of the speaker’s dignity as an authoritative issuer of moral demands. By highlighting universal duties with respect to testimony, and separating them from questions of belief, I arrive at a method for protecting speakers from being silenced, discredited, or dismissed.

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Schofield, Paul

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Bachelor of Science

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