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Dr Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij

  • Overview



    I’m Reader and Chair in Philosophy at Birkbeck College, Research Fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), and Research Associate at LSE’s Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS). Before coming to Birkbeck in 2017, I was Senior Lecturer at University of Kent, Canterbury (2012-17), and post doc at Rutgers University (2009-10) and the University of Copenhagen (2010-12).


    • PhD in Philosophy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2010

    Web profiles

    Administrative responsibilities

    • Assistant Dean for Philosophy

    Visiting posts

  • Research


    Research overview

    I work in social epistemology with a particular interest in the intersection between theories of knowledge, empirical psychology, statistical modelling, and political philosophy.

    On the theoretical side, I’ve worked on epistemic value, virtue epistemology, epistemic paternalism, and cognitive outsourcing the handing over (outsourcing) of one’s information collection and processing (the cognitive).

    As for applied social epistemology, I’ve worked on how people process evidence of the economic impact of immigration, done experimental work on self-resolving information markets, and explored the problems posed for democracy by public ignorance and the pitfalls of social deliberation in democratic decision making.

    At the moment, I’m looking at addressing problems of public political ignorance by determining electoral outcomes through models of fully informed preferences, and exploring how such models of fully informed preferences can be used to determine what political positions people likely would have taken, had they been able to keep abreast of the constant stream of political developments.

    For a full list of past and present research projects, please vist my personal website:

    Research Centres and Institutes

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    I welcome research students in any of the areas of my research interests, and am always happy to receive enquiries from prospective students.

    Current doctoral researchers



    I regularly teach undergraduate modules in Epistemology and Social Epistemology, as well as the Political Philosophy sessions of our Introduction to Philosophy module for the Conversion MA programme, geared specifically towards students with a non-philosophical background.

  • Publications