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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 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily


  • 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

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Research Output 2006 2018

Introduction: Putting scientism on the philosophical agenda

van Woudenberg, R., Peels, R. & de Ridder, J., 2018, Scientism: Prospects and Problems. Peels, R., de Ridder, J. & van Woudenberg, R. (eds.). Oxford University Press., p. 1-27 27 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingForeword/postscriptAcademic

Logical Positivism
Auguste Comte

Introduction to the Philosophy of Creation Order, with Special Emphasis on the Philosophy of Herman Dooyeweerd

Glas, G. & de Ridder, G. J., 2018, The Future of Creation Order: Volume I. Philosophical, Scientific, and Religious Perspectives on Order and Emergence. Glas, G. & de Ridder, G. J. (eds.). Dordrecht: Springer, Vol. 1, p. 1-30 30 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Scientism: Prospects and Problems

van Woudenberg, R. (ed.), Peels, R. (ed.) & de Ridder, J. (ed.), 2018, New York: Oxford University press. 304 p.

Research output: Book / ReportBook editingAcademic

Intellectual Life

The Future of Creation Order: Vol. 1, Philosophical, Scientific, and Religious Perspectives on Order and Emergence

Glas, G. (ed.) & de Ridder, G. J. (ed.), Jan 2018, Springer International Publishing AG. 355 p. (New Approaches to the Scientific Study of Religion; vol. 3)

Research output: Book / ReportBook editingAcademic

Laws of Nature
Natural Law

Argumenteren voor het bestaan van God – deel 1

de Ridder, G. J., 2017, In : Sophie. 7, 1, p. 10-15

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticlePopular

Activities 2006 2016

  • 24 Lecture / Presentation
  • 4 Membership
  • 1 Conference
  • 1 Editorial work

Research Integrity and Value Pluralism

Peels, H. D. (Speaker), de Ridder, G. J. (Speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Philosophia Reformata (Journal)

de Ridder, G. J. (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

What Could Group Knowledge Be?

de Ridder, G. J. (Speaker)
28 Jun 2012

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

What Could Group Knowledge Be?

de Ridder, G. J. (Speaker)
19 Dec 2012

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Life Without Fine-Tuning?

de Ridder, G. J. (Speaker)
26 Apr 2012

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic