Organon F

Volume 28, May 2021, Issue 2, Pages 399–419

ISSN 2585-7150 (online) ISSN 1335-0668 (print)

Research Article

Common Ground, Conversational Roles and Epistemic Injustice

Felix Bräuer


People partaking in a conversation can add to the common ground of said conversation by performing different speech acts. That is, they can influence which propositions are presumed to be shared among them. In this paper, I am going to apply the common ground framework to the phenomenon of epistemic injustice. In doing so, I am going to focus on two kinds of speech acts: making assertions and asking certain kinds of questions. And I am going to look at three varieties of epistemic injustice: testimonial injustice, inquiring injus- tice and interpretative injustice. I am going to argue that what all these varieties of epistemic injustice have in common is that they unfairly inhibit the speaker’s ability to add to the common ground in the way intended by her. This in turn negatively affects which conversational roles a speaker can play in a given conversation. Based on these results, I am going to end by looking at some of the harms that epistemic injustice inflicts upon its victims.


Common ground; conversational roles; conversation-types; epistemic injustice; Miranda Fricker; Mitchell Green.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)


Felix Bräuer 


Universität Mannheim


Universität Mannheim, Lehrstuhl Philosophie I / L 9, 5 – Raum 007 68161 Mannheim, Germany


About this article


17 April 2019


18 October 2019


18 December 2019

Published online

24 April 2021


Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

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Bräuer, F. (2021). Common Ground, Conversational Roles and Epistemic Injustice. Organon F28(2), 399–419.


Bräuer, Felix. 2021. "Common Ground, Conversational Roles and Epistemic Injustice." Organon F 28 (2): 399–419.


Bräuer, F.  (2021). Common Ground, Conversational Roles and Epistemic Injustice. Organon F, 28(2), pp. 399–419.

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