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My research focuses on issues in social epistemology, philosophy of science, and philosophy of religion. Currently, most of it is in collective epistemology: can groups have beliefs and knowledge, are there collective intellectual virtues, what determines the epistemic performance of groups? I also apply these issues in thinking about the epistemic qualities of liberal democracy.


I teach epistemology, philosophy of science, business ethics, and – if I get the opportunity – philosophy of religion. Specifically, I teach an introduction to philosophy of science for students who minor in philosophy (see here) and a second year course on current trends in philosophy (see here).


  • Knowledgeable Democracy: A Social-Epistemological Inquriy
    NWO Vidi project, 2016–2020
  • The Epistemic Responsibility of the University
    (with René van Woudenberg and Rik Peels)
    Templeton World Charity Foundation, 2016–2019
  • Science Beyond Scientism
    (with René van Woudenberg, Gijsbert van den Brink, and Gerrit Glas)
    Templeton World Charity Foundation, 2012–2015
  • Commercializing Science and the Flow of Knowledge
    NWO Veni project, 2010–2014

Ancillary activities

  • De Jonge Akademie | Amsterdam | Member | 2017-04-01

Last update Ancillary Activities: Amsterdam (2018-01-23)


  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, Delft University of Technology, 2007
  • M.A. in Philosophy cum laude, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 2007
  • M.Sc. in Systems Engineering and Policy Analysis cum laude, Delft University of Technology, 2000

Research Output 2006 2017

Newman and Nussbaum on the Purpose of Higher Education

Peels, R., van Woudenberg, R. & de Ridder, G. J. 2017 Scheuren in het bolwerk – vrouwen in de filosofie: Artikelen aangeboden aan Dr. Loes Derksen. Halsema, A. & Roothaan, A. (eds.).

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

Open Access