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 tell us about how limited creatures like us can attain it.
Recently, I have been working on
- whether research on our dual tendency for bias and overconfidence suggests that we should practice epistemic paternalism;
- the epistemic value of liberal democracy;
- defending monism about epistemic value;
- the prospects for epistemic expressivism; and 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, as part of Wake Forest University’s Character Project.
At present, I am involved in two projects investigating
- the problems and prospects for epistemic consequentialism. The project is conducted together with Jeff Dunn (DePauw) and funded by the British Academy. As part of the project, Jeff and I will be organising a workshop at LSE in 2014 and an international conference at the University of Kent in 2015.
- the virtues and vices of cognitive outsourcing, i.e., of handing over (outsourcing) one’s information collection and processing (the cognitive) to others. The project is conducted as part of Lund University‘s project Knowledge in a Digital World, funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).
Here is my contact information:
Department of Philosophy
Cornwallis North West
University of Kent
Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NF
Office: +44 (0)1227 81 6105