Fighting Injustice: the Role of Emotions and Lived Experience in Knowledge Acquisition
How would you describe the project?
My project aims at providing a theoretical framework that includes experiential information coming from emotions and lived experience inside the current epistemological framework of contemporary analytical philosophy. I argue that such a framework is necessary to include and take seriously the knowledge production of members of oppressed groups. The project aims to bridge the gap between feminist standpoint epistemology and current dominant epistemological accounts in contemporary analytical philosophy in order to fight some forms of epistemic injustice faced by members of oppressed groups.
What attracted you to St Andrews?
I was attracted to the excellent level of academic research done by the department, the opportunity to be part of multiple research centres, like Arché or CEPPA, and the large and welcoming community of PhD students in philosophy.
How has the department helped you with your research or to develop your skills and knowledge?
The department has been great at offering a wide range of events, like talks and seminars that help me develop my philosophical knowledge. In addition, my supervisory team is encouraging and helps me conduct my main project in the best conditions, and is also supportive of my side projects. When it comes to professional development, the department is supportive of PhD students going to conferences and helps us financially to attend such events. Moreover, the department offers some tutoring opportunities (even in the first year of the PhD), which are important to help build a teaching portfolio if one wants to continue in academia. Finally, there are some student-led initiative supported by the department, like Minorities And Philosophy (MAP) and the Friday seminar, which are great opportunities to get to know other students and share our experiences and knowledge.
What do you hope to do after the PhD?
After the PhD, I hope to continue into a career in academic philosophy.
What piece of advice would you give to someone thinking about doing a PhD in Philosophy?
Take advantage of the opportunities the department offers. However, do not try to do everything! There are so many things available that it becomes easy to get lost and to forget about your main project. However, that's also the beauty of it. Sometimes, you start with a project, and it changes, as you discover new areas and new ideas that you had never thought of when you applied to the programme. Take the time to be nurtured by the opportunities you will get, and allow yourself to grow from the experience.