The danger of “the truth”

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This commentary applauds Held’s (2020) argument for the importance of considering the risk of epistemological violence implicit in psychology. In addition, this commentary suggests the argument can be furthered by looking to the ontological turn within anthropology and considering not only the risk of epistemic, but of ontological violence in psychological research as well as in therapeutic practice. Lastly, this commentary questions whether academics, in their often privileged positions will ever be able to go beyond the structural violence of hegemonic structures or if change should come from below.


External organisations
  • Roskilde University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Social Anthropology


  • anthropology, epistemic violence, ontological turn, ontological violence, structural violence
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-447
JournalTheory & Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes