Epistemic Injustice in Research Evaluation: A Cultural Analysis of the Humanities and Physics in Estonia


  • Endla Lõhkivi Department of Philosophy, University of Tartu
  • Katrin Velbaum
  • Jaana Eigi




epistemic injustice, research cultures, aims and values in research practice, evaluation


This paper explores the issue of epistemic injustice in research evaluation. Through an analysis of the disciplinary cultures of physics and humanities, we attempt to identify some aims and values specific to the disciplinary areas. We suggest that credibility is at stake when the cultural values and goals of a discipline contradict those presupposed by official evaluation standards. Disciplines that are better aligned with the epistemic assumptions of evaluation standards appear to produce more "scientific" findings. To restore epistemic justice in research evaluation, we argue that the specificity of a discipline's epistemic aims, values, and cultural identities must be taken into account.


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Lõhkivi, E., Velbaum, K., & Eigi, J. (2013). Epistemic Injustice in Research Evaluation: A Cultural Analysis of the Humanities and Physics in Estonia. Studia Philosophica Estonica, 108–132. https://doi.org/10.12697/spe.2012.5.2.08