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

Author(s): Endla Lõhkivi | Katrin Velbaum | Jaana Eigi

Journal: Studia Philosophica Estonica
ISSN 1406-0000

Volume: 5.2;
Start page: 108;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: 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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