dr. Christopher Bret Ranalli

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Area of speicalization: Epistemology (theoretical, social, & political)

Areas of concentration: Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, and Metaphysics. I'm especially interested in topics where epistemology intersects with other areas of philosophy.

I'm currently writing a book on indoctrination.

I'm also working on papers in social & political epistemology, including the epistemology and ethics of conspiracy theory; the epistemology of echo chambers; and the ethics of conviction and suspension of judgment.

I'm embedded within the ERC Extreme Beliefs project. I'm also part of the DFG Thinking about Suspension network.

Research history

Post-doc, NWO Vidi project
I was part of the NWO Knowledgeable Democracy: A Social-Epistemological Inquiry research project (PI: Jeroen de Ridder) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. I worked primarily on the epistemology of deep disagreement.

Post-doc, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
I was an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cologne. I was part of the epistemology group.

Post-doc, UNAM
I was a postdoctoral researcher at UNAM, in Mexico City. I was part of the epistemology research group as well as the philosophy of mind & cognition and philosophy of language groups.

Visiting Researcher, University of California, Berkeley
I was a visiting researcher during my Ph.D. I took courses in epistemology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of perception, working with the late Professor Barry Stroud. I worked on my Ph.D. and did research on the relationship between seeing, factive reasons, and knowledge.


- Academic writing
- Social epistemology
- Epistemology
- 20th century texts
- Philosophy & Neuroethics
- Metaphysics
- Ethics of Algorithms

I've co-examined BA/MA theses and co-supervised for the Ph.D.

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Academic qualification

Philosophy, PhD, University of Edinburgh


  • B Philosophy (General)
  • BJ Ethics

User created Keywords

  • Social epistemology
  • Epistemology of education
  • Suspension of judgment
  • Disagreement
  • Metaphysics
  • Ethics of belief
  • Indoctrination
  • Conspiracy theory
  • Knowledge
  • Virtue theory
  • Testimony
  • Convictions


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