Testimonial Injustice in Sports

Federico Luzzi* (Corresponding Author)

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Epistemic injustice is a widely discussed phenomenon in many sub-disciplines (including epistemology, ethics, feminist philosophy, social and political philosophy). Yet, there is very little literature on its connection to the philosophy of sports. Here I explore the intersection between epistemic injustice and sports, focusing on testimonial injustice. I argue that there exist clear-cut cases of testimonial injustice in sport that arise when athletes attempt to communicate information. After highlighting the theoretical connections between various cases, I explore the more ambitious claim that sport performances themselves carry linguistic content, and that the biased negative judgment of such performances, illustrated paradigmatically by the case of figure-skater Surya Bonaly, constitute a further form of testimonial injustice. I conclude by explaining why it is philosophically fruitful to understand these wrongs through the lens of testimonial injustice.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalSports, Ethics and Philosophy
Early online date9 May 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 May 2023


  • testimonial injustice
  • epistemic injustice
  • performance
  • sport


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