Upcoming Events


Second Annual Political Epistemology Conference
Amsterdam, December 13-14, 2019

Keynote Speakers:

Alessandra Tanesini, Professor of Philosophy, Cardiff
Hélène Landemore, Professor of Political Science, Yale
Lisa Herzog, Professor of Philosophy, Groningen

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Political Epistemology Network at the Eastern APA
Philadelphia, January 11, 2020

Chair: Elizabeth Edenberg
Speakers: Amanda R. Greene, “Is There Political Expertise?”
Michael Hannon, “The Illusion of Political Disagreement”
Étienne Brown, “Autonomy, Free Speech, and the Legal Regulation of Fake News”


Ideologies and Inquiry
“Science in Public Reason” Klemens Kappel
“Knowledge and Neutrality” Chelsea Rosenthal
“Conspiracy Theories and Propaganda” Giulia Napolitano

Epistemic Harms
“Poverty, Meritocracy, & Epistemic Injustice” Alfred Archer and Leonie Smith
“Epistemic Injustice and the Problem of Antifeminist Women” Elizabeth Portella
“Fake News as a Noxious Market” Frank Cabreraand Megan Fritts


Previous Events


Epistemic Norms for the New Public Sphere
Warwick University, September 19

This event is hosted by the AHRC-funded project Norms for the New Public Sphere, which brings together academic philosophers with media scholars, activists and professionals in order to investigate the opportunities and challenges that new social media pose for the public sphere. This first workshop will focus on the epistemic norms that can foster a public sphere in which democracy can flourish.


Ignorance and Irrationality in Politics
University of Nottingham, June 10-11, 2019

A common belief is that democracies require informed voters if they are to function well. But when the price to be adequately informed is too high, it makes sense for voters to guide their beliefs by their desire for comfort, affiliation, and belonging. Does this conflict with the epistemic demands of democracy? If it is true, as some political scientist and psychologists allege, that political belief-formation is primarily driven by social identities and ‘tribal’ allegiances, does this make us irrational?


The Ethics and Politics of Online Interaction
Christ Church, Oxford, May 14-15, 2019

This workshop will explore questions such as: How does misinformation and echo chambers contribute to polarization in liberal democracies? Can their effects by counteracted by online democratic deliberation? Can democratic states legitimately coerce social networking sites into modifying their online platforms to protect democratic values? What kinds of speech, if any, should be prohibited on the internet?

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Inaugural Political Epistemology Conference
London, 10-11 May, 2018

Our kickoff event took place in London in May 2018. We had over 200 submissions from which we selected 5 speakers. The keynotes were Elizabeth Anderson, Robert Talisse, and Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij. Photos of the event are in our Gallery


Workshop on Epistemology, Democracy, & Disagreement
Georgetown University, 25-26 October, 2018

We are organizing a workshop for 14 authors contributing to a volume titled Political Epistemology. Participants are: David Estlund, Fabienne Peter, Elizabeth Edenberg, Jason Brennan, Catherine Elgin, Alexander Guerrero, Thomas Christiano, Regina Rini, Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij, Michael Hannon, Michael Lynch, Robert Talisse, Jeroen de Ridder, and Jennifer Lackey.


Post-Truth Politics in the Pub
Being Human Festival, November 2018

As part of the Being Human festival this November, we'll be organizing an event on "Post-Truth Politics in the Pub". After all, isn't the pub where most political debates take place? The plan is to have 4 speakers give short (i.e. 10 min) presentations to the general public, as well as engage them in discussion, in a pub in central London.


Political Epistemology Seminar Series
Institute of Philosophy, London, September 2018 - April 2019

The Political Epistemology Seminar ran from September 2018 - April 2019. It was funded by the Institute of Philosophy as well as a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award. Speakers from all over the world were invited to present cutting-edge research at the intersection of epistemology and political philosophy.