dr. Jeroen de Ridder

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I am Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy of the Faculty of Humanities at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Professor of Christian Philosophy (by special appointment) at the University of Groningen. I did my Ph.D. at Delft University of Technology. I also hold a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and another one in Systems Engineering and Policy Analysis from Delft University of Technology.

My research has been supported by a Veni and Vidi grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). I was one of the principal investigators for the Science Beyond Scientism project, which was funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation and which helped to establish the Abraham Kuyper Center. I am also a principal investigator in the current Epistemic Responsibilities of the University project.

When I’m not doing philosophy, I enjoy running, cooking, and spending time with my family.

Areas of expertise

(Social) epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of religion.


Most of my current research is in collective epistemology: Can groups have beliefs and knowledge, are there collective intellectual virtues, what determines the epistemic performance of groups? I am particularly interested in what the answers to these questions can tell us about the knowledge-producing potential of liberal democracies and what they might entail for higher education.


  • Rik Peels, Jeroen de Ridder, Tamarinde Haven, and Lex Bouter, “Value Pluralism in Research Integrity”, revised and resubmitted at Research Integrity and Peer Review.
  • Mark Alfano, Colin Klein, and Jeroen de Ridder (eds.), Social Virtue Epistemology (London: Routledge), under contract.
  • Jeroen de Ridder, “Three Models for Collective Virtues”, in: Mark Alfano, Colin Klein, and Jeroen de Ridder (eds.), Social Virtue Epistemology.
  • Jeroen de Ridder, ‘Common Sense and Ontological Commitment’, in: Rik Peels & René van Woudenberg (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Common Sense (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Book chapters

  • Jeroen de Ridder, ‘How Many Scientists Does It Take to Have Knowledge?’, in: Kevin McCain & Kostas Kampourakis (eds.), What is Scientific Knowledge? An Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology of Science. London: Routledge, 2019.
  • Jeroen de Ridder, ‘Representations and Robustly Collective Attitudes’, in: J. Adam Carter, Andy Clark, Jesper Kallestrup, Orestis Palermos, and Duncan Pritchard (eds.), Socially Extended Epistemology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018).
  • René van Woudenberg, Jeroen de Ridder and Rik Peels. “Introduction: Scientism on the Philosophical Agenda”, in: Jeroen de Ridder, Rik Peels & René van Woudenberg (eds.), Scientism: Prospects and Problems. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018: 1-27.
  • Gerrit Glas and Jeroen de Ridder, ‘Introduction to the Philosophy of Creation Order’, in: Gerrit Glas and Jeroen de Ridder (eds.), The Future of Creation Order Vol. 1: Philosophical, Scientific, and Religious Perspectives on Order and Emergence (Dordrecht: Springer, 2018), 1–30.
  • Jeroen de Ridder, ‘Kinds of Knowledge and Limits of Science,’ in: Jeroen de Ridder, Rik Peels, and René van Woudenberg (eds.), Scientism: Prospects and Problems (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018).
  • René van Woudenberg, Jeroen de Ridder en Rik Peels, “Newman and Nussbaum on the Purpose of Higher Education”, in Annemie Halsema & Angela Roothaan (red.), Scheuren in het bolwerk—vrouwen in de Filosofie. Amsterdam: VU Boekhandel, 2017: 78-86.

Articles (selection)

  • Jeroen de Ridder, ‘Against Quasi-Fideism’, Faith and Philosophy 36.2 (2019): 223-243.
  • Rik Peels, Jeroen de Ridder, René van Woudenberg, Lex Bouter. (2019). “Academia’s Big Five: A Normative Taxonomy for the Epistemic Responsibilities of Universities”, F1000research 8, 862, https://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.19459.1.
  • Martijn Blaauw and Jeroen de Ridder, ‘The Unassertability of Contextualism’, Quaestiones Disputatae 8.2 (2018): 68–86.
  • Jeroen de Ridder, ‘Why Only Externalists Can Be Steadfast’, Erkenntnis 79.1 (2014): 185–99.
  • Jeroen de Ridder, ‘Epistemic Dependence and Collective Scientific Knowledge’, Synthese 191.1 (2014): 37–53.
  • Jeroen de Ridder, ‘Is There Epistemic Justification for Secrecy in Science?’, Episteme 10.2 (2013): 101–16.
  • Martijn Blaauw & Jeroen de Ridder, ‘Unsafe Assertions’, Australasian Journal of Philosophy 90.4 (2012): 797–801.

Dutch newspaper articles


Mail g.j.de.ridder@vu.nl

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