About Prof Veli Mitova
Interests: Epistemology, Social Epistemology, Epistemic Decolonisation, Epistemic Injustice & Oppression, Metaethics.
Veli is Professor in Philosophy and Director of the African Centre for Epistemology and Philosophy of Science, the South African team leader for The Geography of Philosophy Project, and a co-PI for the Epistemic Injustice, Reasons, and Agency project funded by a Newton Advanced Fellowship.
Veli works at the intersection of epistemology, metaethics and the philosophy of action. At the moment, she is thinking about epistemic injustice and decolonising knowledge.
She is the author of Believable Evidence (CUP 2017), and the editor of Epistemic Decolonisation (2020) and of The Factive Turn in Epistemology (CUP 2018).
Before joining the University of Johannesburg in 2015, Veli taught and researched at Universität Wien, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México, and Rhodes University (her alma mater), and Cambridge (where she obtained her PhD).
Talks on Youtube
2021-10-07 DRL Talk – Veli Mitova: Epistemic Decolonisation for Today’s Africa . Decolonising Knowledge across Four Continents, organised by the Diversity Reading List in Philosophy.
2021-09-17 Epistemic Decolonisation and Epistemic Injustice. Socially Engaged Philosophy with Martin Kusch and Veli Mitova.
2021-06-03 Meet the GPP with Veli Mitova. South African Team Leader of Geography of Philosophy Project.
2021-01-15 Epistemic Decolonisation: what, why, how? What is Epistemic Decolonization? seminar series, LSE.
Keynotes and invited talks 2021
DEC Epistemic Injustice. 6th SOAS World Philosophies Lecture, SOAS University of London, UK.
OCT Epistemic Decolonisation for Today’s Africa. Diversity Reading List and British Philosophical Association Online Series on Epistemic Decolonisation, LSE, UK.
SEP Is Epistemic Injustice White-People Stuff? Thinking at the border: Post- and decolonial theory and epistemic injustice. Oxford, UK
SEP Motivated Irrationality, Epistemic Innocence, and White Ignorance. The Value of Irrationality. University of Zürich, Switzerland.
AUG Desuperiorising epistemic justice in the service of knowledge-decolonisation. A Call for the Desuperiorization of Philosophy, and the Foundation of Superaltern Studies, Fort Hare, South Africa.
2017 Believable Evidence (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
Forthcoming (with R. McIntyre and S. Salem) Pluralism, Relativism, and Skepticism. Special Issue of Inquiry (Routledge).
2020 Epistemic Decolonisation. Special Issue of Philosophical Papers, 49(2), July 2020.
2018 The Factive Turn in Epistemology (Cambridge University Press) – Reviewed by Notre Dame Reviews
2021 A New Argument for the Non-Instrumental Value of Truth. Erkenntnis. DOI: 10.1007/s10670-021-00435-4.
2021 How to Decolonise Knowledge without Too Much Relativism. In Khumalo, S. (Ed.) Decolonisation as Democratisation. (pp. 24-47, Cape Town: HSRC Press).
2020 Decolonising Knowledge Here and Now. Philosophical Papers, 49(2), 191-212.
2020 Explanatory Injustice and Epistemic Agency. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 23(5), 707-722.
2019 Either Epistemological or Metaphysical Disjunctivism. In Doyle, C., Milburn, J., and Pritchard, D. H. (Eds.) New Issues in Epistemological Disjunctivism (pp. 194-214, New York: Routledge).
2019 The Duty of Inquiry, or Why Othello was a Fool. In C. Bourne and E. C. Bourne (Eds.) The Routledge Companion to Shakespeare and Philosophy, (pp. 311-323, London: Routledge).
2018 Introduction: The Factive Turn. In V. Mitova (Ed.) The Factive Turn in Epistemology (pp. 1-12, CUP).
2016 What Do I Care about Epistemic Norms? In M. Grajner and P. Schmechtig (Eds.), Epistemic Reasons, Epistemic Norms, and Epistemic Goals (pp. 199-223, Berlin/ Boston: DeGruyter).
2016 Clearing Space for Extreme Psychologism about Reasons. South African Journal of Philosophy 35 (3): 293-301.
2015 Truthy Psychologism about Evidence. Philosophical Studies 172 (4): 1105-1126.
2012 Age and Agency. Philosophical Papers 41(3): 335-369.
2011 Epistemic Motivation: Towards a Metaethics of Belief. In Reisner, A. and Steglich-Petersen, A. (Eds.) Reasons for Belief (pp. 54-74, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
2011 La Normatividad de la Creencia. Translated by M. Fernandez, Valores Epistémicos, edited by M. Fernandez and M. Valdés (pp. 325-336, México: IIFs-UNAM).
2009 A Quasi-Pragmatist Explanation of our Ethics of Belief. Teorema, 28(3): 113-130.
2008 Why W. K. Clifford was a Closet Pragmatist. Philosophical Papers, 37(3): 471-489.
2008 Why Pragmatic Justifications of Epistemic Norms don’t Work. South African Journal of Philosophy, 27(2): 141-152.
2005 The Value of Epistemic Norms. South African Journal of Philosophy, 24(2): 65-76.