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Postdoctoral position in the Philosophy of Pathocentric Epistemic Injustice

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The Department of Philosophy & History of Ideas, School of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University invites applications for a two-year, fixed-term postdoctoral position in philosophy.

The position is full-time (37 hours/week) and begins on 01.01.2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Place of employment: Aarhus University, Department of Philosophy & History of Ideas, Jens Chr. Skous vej 3-7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

Aarhus university is keen for its staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified applicants regardless of their personal background. 

The position and research context

We are looking for an innovative scholar with a background in philosophy, preferably with a specialisation in philosophy of medicine, philosophy of psychiatry, philosophy of science, social epistemology, or medical ethics.

The position is part of the project “Epistemic Injustice in Diagnosis” (funded as an AUFF Starting Grant), led by Associate Professor Anke Bueter. The project aims to rethink the diagnostic process in medicine as a collaborative epistemic endeavour involving (teams of) professionals as well as patients, rather than being done primarily by individual clinicians, and as embedded in particular social contexts. Such an understanding as shared epistemic process makes diagnosis amenable to analysis via resources from social epistemology. In particular, the project will examine the contribution of epistemic injustice to avoidable diagnostic errors, such as, e.g., diagnostic delays in particular, marginalized groups of patients. At the same time, this application aims to contribute to the conceptual discussions regarding different forms of pathocentric epistemic injustice from an empirically informed perspective, as well as to debates about how to ameliorate such injustices.

The postdoctoral researcher will be working on a sub-project of their own design in the framework of the project. For example, such a project could concentrate on the role of hermeneutical injustice in mental illness, or reflect the increasing use of artificial intelligence in the diagnostic process regarding its effects on epistemic injustices.

The successful applicant is expected to participate in project activities, such as organizing workshops, presenting at international conferences, and closely collaborate with the project leader.

To a limited extent, and as agreed with the PI, the successful applicant might be able to contribute to team-taught courses at BA and MA level in her or his area of expertise. 

Qualification requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications. 

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