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Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij


Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij is a Reader in philosophy. He is also Research Tutor and MA Admissions Tutor. Before joining Birkbeck in 2017, he taught for five years at the University of Kent, Canterbury. Prior to that, he held post docs at Rutgers University and the University of Copenhagen, and did his graduate work at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Research Activity

  • Kristoffer specialises in the foundations and applications of social epistemology. As for foundations, he has worked on the value of true belief, and the consequentialist idea that things - ranging from the traits of individuals to aspects of social institutions - are good in so far as they bring about more true belief. With respect to applications, he has worked on forecasting, the epistemology of liberal democracy and also defended a form of epistemic paternalism.
  • Kristoffer is currently working on
    • how to make anti-immigration sentiments responsive to evidence of the economic benefits of immigration, as Visiting Fellow at the the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR).
    • the prospects for self-resolving information markets, in collaboration with Dysrupt Labs. The goal is to design self-resolving markets that match traditional markets in accuracy, but don't rely on external events in settling pay-offs.
    • defending epistemic consequentialism. The project is conducted together with Jeff Dunn (DePauw) and funded by the British Academy. As part of the project, Jeff and Kristoffer are editing a volume on epistemic consequentialism for Oxford University Press.


  • Kristoffer’s recent publications include:
    • Epistemic Consequentialism, ed. with J. Dunn, forthcoming with Oxford University Press.
    • “Against the Bifurcation of Virtue", forthcoming in Noûs.
    • “Is Reliabilism a Form of Consequentialism?” (with J. Dunn), forthcoming in American Philosophical Quarterly.
    • “Is There a Problem With Cognitive Outsourcing?", Philosophical Issues (a supplement to Noûs) 26, 2016.
    • “Information Markets,” in D. Coady, K. Lippert-Rasmussen, and K. Brownlee (eds), The Blackwell Companion to Applied Philosophy, Wiley-Blackwell, 2016.
    • “The Social Virtue of Blind Deference", Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 91 (3), 2015.
    • “Procedural Justice and the Problem of Intellectual Deference", Episteme 11 (4), 2014.
    • “A Defence of Epistemic Consequentialism” (with J. Dunn), Philosophical Quarterly 64 (257), 2014.
    • Epistemic Paternalism: A Defence, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
    • “Getting it Right” (with S. Grimm), Philosophical Studies 166 (2), 2013.
    • “Why We Cannot Rely on Ourselves for Epistemic Improvement”, Philosophical Issues (a supplement to Noûs) 23, 2013.
    • “Moderate Epistemic Expressivism”, Philosophical Studies 163 (2), 2013.
    • “In Defense of Veritistic Value Monism”, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 94 (1), 2013.
    • “Meno and the Monist”, Metaphilosophy 44 (1-2), 2013.

Research Supervision

  • Kristoffer welcomes research students in any of the areas of his research interests, and is always happy to receive enquiries from prospective students.