My name is Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij, and I’m a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Kent at Canterbury. My primary research interest is in the epistemic good: what it is, and what empirical psychology can teach us about how limited creatures like us can attain it.

Recently, I’ve been working on whether research on our dual tendency for bias and overconfidence suggests that we should practice epistemic paternalism; on the epistemic value of liberal democracy; on monism about epistemic value; and on the prospects for epistemic expressivism.

At present, I’m working on whether social psychological research on the relation between perceived legitimacy and compliance suggests that practicing epistemic justice promotes the epistemic virtue of deferring to others. The research is conduced at Kent’s Centre for Reasoning, and funded by Wake Forest University’s Character Project.

When I don’t do research, I give talks or teach. Recently, I’ve primarily been teaching social epistemology and ethics. And whenever I find a good excuse to do none of the above, I travel.

Here is my contact information:

Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij
Department of Philosophy
Cornwallis North West
University of Kent
Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NF
E-mail: h.k.ahlstrom[at]kent.ac.uk
Office: +44 (0)1227 81 6105


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