Manne, moral gaslighting, and the politics of methodology

Paul-Mikhail Catapang Podosky*

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Kate Manne claims that her account of gaslighting rectifies regrettable deficiencies in existing theories. However, Manne hasn’t done enough to demonstrate the novelty of her view given that she fails to seriously engage with a significant portion of the gaslighting literature. This is an issue in the politics of methodology. Many theorists working on gaslighting exist within the margins, attempting to centre their perspectives over dominant points of view. We must listen to marginalised folk when aiming to understand a phenomenon that disproportionately affects them. If Manne had listened, she would have come to see difficulties with some of her suggestions, such as the possibility of unintentional gaslighting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-94
Number of pages6
JournalLogos and Episteme
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2024


  • gaslighting
  • philosophical methodology
  • social epistemology


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