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Dr Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

Deputy Head of School and Director of Recruitment

Office: Rutherford College, W4.W8
Office hour: Thursdays 17:00-18:00, or by appointment


Kristoffer is a founding member of the Southern Normativity Group and a Research Associate at LSE's Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science. His 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. He is currently involved in two projects:

  1. An investigation of the problems and prospects for epistemic consequentialism. This project is conducted together with Jeff Dunn (DePauw) and funded by the British Academy. As part of the project, Jeff and Kristoffer will be organising a workshop at LSE in November, 2014 and an international conference at Kent in 2015.
  2. A study of 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.

For more information, please visit Kristoffer's personal website.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Ahlstrom-Vij, K. (2013). Epistemic Paternalism: A Defence. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Ahlstrom-Vij, K. (2010). Magkänslans Anatomi (The Anatomy of Gut Feelings). Bonniers Bokförlag.
Edited book
Ahlstrom-Vij, K. and Dunn, J. eds. (2016). Epistemic Consequentialism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Ahlstrom-Vij, K. (2016). Is There a Problem with Cognitive Outsourcing? Philosophical Issues [Online] 26:7-24. Available at:
Ahlstrom-Vij, K. and Dunn, J. (2016). Is Reliabilism a Form of Consequentialism? American Philosophical Quarterly.
Ahlstrom-Vij, K. (2015). The Social Virtue of Blind Deference. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research [Online] 91:545-582. Available at:
Ahlstrom-Vij, K. (2015). Against the Bifurcation of Virtue. Nous [Online]. Available at:
Pedersen, N., Ahlstrom-Vij, K. and Kappel, K. (2014). Rational Trust. Synthese [Online] 191:1953-1955. Available at:
Ahlstrom-Vij, K. (2014). Procedural Justice and the Problem of Intellectual Deference. Episteme [Online] 11:423-442. Available at:
Ahlstrom-Vij, K. and Dunn, J. (2014). A Defence of Epistemic Consequentialism. Philosophical Quarterly [Online] 64:541-551. Available at:
Ahlstrom-Vij, K. (2013). Moderate Epistemic Expressivism. Philosophical Studies [Online] 163:337-357. Available at:
Ahlstrom-Vij, K. and Kelly, J. (2013). Epistemic Perfectionism and Liberal Democracy. Social Philosophy Today [Online] 29:49-58. Available at:
Ahlstrom-Vij, K. (2013). Why We Cannot Rely on Ourselves for Epistemic Improvement. Philosophical Issues [Online] 23:276-296. Available at:
Ahlstrom-Vij, K. (2013). In Defense of Veritistic Value Monism. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly [Online] 94:19-40. Available at:
Ahlstrom-Vij, K. (2013). Getting it Right. Philosophical Studies [Online] 166:329-347. Available at:
Ahlstrom-Vij, K., Kappel, K. and Pedersen, N. (2013). The Epistemology of Inclusiveness. Synthese [Online] 190:1185-1188. Available at:
Ahlstrom-Vij, K. (2013). Meno and the Monist. Metaphilosophy [Online] 44:157-170. Available at:
Ahlstrom-Vij, K. (2012). Why Deliberative Democracy is (Still) Untenable. Public Affairs Quarterly [Online] 26:199-220. Available at:
Ahlstrom-Vij, K. (2012). What's so Good about a Wise and Knowledgeable Public? Acta Analytica [Online] 27:199-216. Available at:
Ahlstrom-Vij, K. (2011). Dream Skepticism and the Conditionality Problem. Erkenntnis [Online] 75:45-60. Available at:
Ahlstrom-Vij, K. (2010). What Descartes Did Not Know. Journal of Value Inquiry [Online] 44:297-311. Available at:
Ahlstrom-Vij, K. (2008). Epistemology and Empirical Investigation. Grazer Philosopische Studien 76:109-134.
Book section
Ahlstrom-Vij, K. (2016). The Epistemic Virtue of Deference. in: Battaly, H. ed. The Routledge Handbook of Virtue Epistemology. London: Routledge.
Ahlstrom-Vij, K. (2016). The Epistemic Benefits of Democracy: A Critical Perspective. in: Pedersen, N. J. L. L. et al. eds. The Routledge Companion to Social Epistemology. London: Routledge.
Ahlstrom-Vij, K. (2016). Information Markets. in: Coady, D., Lippert-Rasmussen, K. and Brownlee, K. eds. Blackwell Companion to Applied Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 89-102. Available at:
Ahlstrom-Vij, K. (2015). People Listen to People Who Listen: Instilling Virtues of Deference. in: Miller, C. et al. eds. Character: New Directions from Philosophy, Psychology, and Theology. Oxford University Press, pp. 271-287. Available at:
Ahlstrom-Vij, K. (2016). Review of Ernest Sosa, 'Judgment and Agency'. Australasian Journal of Philosophy [Online]:0-0. Available at:
Ahlstrom-Vij, K. (2013). Review of Herman Cappelen, 'Philosophy Without Intuitions'. Philosophical Quarterly 63:821-823.
Ahlstrom-Vij, K. (2012). Review of Colin McGinn, 'Truth by Analysis: Games, Names, and Philosophy'. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews [Online]:1-1. Available at:
Ahlstrom-Vij, K. (2012). Review of Frank Lovett, 'A General Theory of Domination and Justice'. Philosophical Quarterly [Online] 62:190-192. Available at:
Ahlstrom-Vij, K. (2011). Review of Robert B. Talisse, 'Democracy and Moral Conflict'. Philosophical Quarterly [Online] 61:666-668. Available at:
Total publications in KAR: 31 [See all in KAR]
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Kristoffer teaches modules in epistemology, political philosophy, and ethics.

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Philosophy, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 827159 or email Philosophy

Last Updated: 20/04/2017