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Epistemic injustice, children and mental illness: reply to comments
  1. Edward Harcourt
  1. Philosophy, University of Oxford Humanities Division, Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Edward Harcourt, Philosophy, University of Oxford Humanities Division, Oxford, UK; edward.harcourt{at}

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I’m grateful to the commentators for their thoughtful and thought-provoking replies.

Psychiatric service-users often feel disempowered relative to a profession (psychiatry) and so sometimes enlist the aid of another profession (philosophy) to redress the balance. All well and good, but it is vital in this context not to set one’s critical faculties on one side. Although Dr Kious1 thinks that is just what I have done, what I was trying to do was to call a halt to the uncritical use of a piece of philosophy, the concept of testimonial injustice. It is a fine tool in many contexts, it is the newest tool in the …

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