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Ongoing projects:


"Resilient Resistance and Resistant Knowledge Projects: Subtracting Resilience from Neoliberalism" in Resilience: The Brown Babe's Burden edited by Tracy Llanera (Routledge). FORTHCOMING.

"Education as a site of Epistemic Paralysis", for proposed Critical Times Special Issue in "The Philippine Condition: Threads of Critical, Decolonial, and Feminist Contentions".  TO BE SUBMITTED FOR REVIEW.

“Philosophical (Mis)education: Philosophy’s Structural Exclusions and the Paralysis of Critique”, for submission to Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) book project on Structural Injustice and Philosophy (Bloomsbury). ONGOING.


WDP Handbook on Philippine Philosophy. ONGOING.

Published works:

"A Critical Theory of Epistemic Injustice", Perspectives: UCD Postgraduate Journal of Philosophy, Vol 9, Special Issue: Social Philosophy (Winter 2021), p 281-301.

“Epistemic Injustice, Epistemic Paralysis, and Epistemic Resistance: A (Feminist) Liberatory Approach to Epistemology”Kritike: An Online Journal of Philosophy, Vol 14, No 1 (June 2020), p 28-44.

“The Naturalized and Dialectical Ontologies of Nietzsche and Nishida”Kritike: An Online Journal of Philosophy, Vol 13, No 2 (December 2019), p 113-130.

“The Event Divides into Two, or the Parallax of Change: Badiou, Žižek, Bosteels, and Johnston”International Journal of Žižek Studies, Vol 12, No 3 (2018), p 1-25.

“How to Change the World: An Introduction to Alain Badiou's Subtractive Ontology, Militant Subjectivity, and Ethic of Truths”Kritike: An Online Journal of Philosophy, Vol 11, No 2 (December 2017), 160-197.


“Ontology or Ethics?: The Case of Martin Heidegger and Watusji Tetsuro”, Kritike: An Online Journal of Philosophy, Vol 10, No 1 (June 2016), p 163-191.


“Thinking in the End Times, From Logic to Anthropology: Philosophy in the Social Sciences.” In Social Science Teaching, Research and Practice: Consolidating Lessons and Charting Directions, Conference Papers, Volume 1. Edited by Lorelei Mendoza. Philippines: Cordillera Studies Center, 2016. p 89-106.


“The World as ‘Is’ and the World as ‘Ought’: Contemporary Philosophy and the Crisis of Subjectivity”, Philosophy in the Contemporary World, Vol 22, No 2 (Fall 2015), p 68-79.


“The Triumph of Finitude After Hegel and the (Re)turn of a Philosophy of the Infinite through Badiou”, Budhi: A Journal of Ideas and Culture, Vol 19, No. 2 & 3 (2015), p 1-43.


“The Narrative’s Creative and Ethical Mediation: A Refigured Self, A Refigured World”, Kritike: An Online Journal of Philosophy, Vol 8, No 2 (December 2014), p 66-76.

“An Inquiry into the Historical Development of Philosophy in Japan”, Budhi: A Journal of Ideas and Culture, Vol 17, No 2 (2013), p 27-59.

Academic Background

My research falls at the intersection of Critical Social Theory and Social Epistemology, but with specific attention to Decolonial and Feminist Critique.

I have an AB (2012) and MA (2016) in Philosophy from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, and a PhD (2023) in Philosophy from the University College Dublin (UCD), under the primary supervision of Professor Maeve Cooke, and secondary supervision of Professors Brian O'Connor and Danielle Petherbridge.


My PhD research is titled: "Epistemic Paralysis and Non-recognition: The Case of (Mis)education". It was funded by the Government of Ireland - Irish Research Council (IRC), the University of the Philippines (UP), and UCD. My examiners were Professors Katherine O'Donnell (UCD) and Linda Martín Alcoff (CUNY).

In 2022, I also did a research visit at the City University of New York (CUNY), sponsored by Professor Miranda Fricker, and at Freie Universität Berlin (FUB), sponsored by Professor Robin Celikates. I also had the chance to attend the classes of and consult with Professors Linda Martín Alcoff (CUNY) and Axel Honneth (Columbia), as well as attend the different talks by and workshops on Professor Nancy Fraser's (New School) work, while research visiting.

I am a founding member of  the Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) UCD chapter, the Transnationalising the Humanities (TNH)-PhD Network, Women Doing Philosophy (Philippines), and the Critical Political Epistemology Network. I was also the editor-in-chief of Perspectives: UCD Postgraduate Journal of Philosophy ,Volume 9: Special Issue in Social Philosophy.

I am currently employed as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of the Philippines Baguio. Previously, I served  as a Teaching Fellow in UCD School of Philosophy after my PhD.

Kelly Agra in an underground passage in Portugal

Epistemic Paralysis and Non-recognition: The Case of (Mis)education

Three core concepts orient this research: recognition, epistemic paralysis, and (mis)education. In this dissertation, I defend the claim that ‘epistemic recognition’ is a condition for the possibility of knowledge.

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