Chris Ranalli


Chris is a post-doctoral researcher within the ERC project ‘Extreme Beliefs – The Epistemology and Ethics of Fundamentalism’ in the Department of Philosophy and the Faculty of Religion and Theology. He is currently working on indoctrination and extremism.


Chris has on-going interests in political epistemology and its applications as well as the interaction between epistemology, philosophy of mind and moral philosophy, especially the relationship between epistemic and moral normativity, the value of knowledge and truth, the value of first-hand experience, and the value of conviction and belief. He is happy to advise students in philosophy or religious studies that are interested in any of these topics.


Chris received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh, having previously studied at VCU and the University of Edinburgh as an undergraduate, and as a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a post-doctoral researcher at VU Amsterdam as part of the NWO project Knowledgeable Democracy: A Social Epistemological Inquiry, and was a lecturer at the John Stuart Mill College. Previously, he was an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation fellow at the University of Cologne, and a post-doctoral research fellow at the Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas at UNAM in Mexico City. He is one of the organizers of the Socrates Café Amsterdam and regularly facilitates public philosophy events.


Chris has recent publications in the American Philosophical Quarterly, European Journal of Philosophy, Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Mind, and Synthese, as well as chapters in edited volumes with Bloomsbury, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Routledge. He has public audience pieces featured in The Philosophers’ Magazine, the Institute of Art and Ideas, and the Open for Debate blog. Chris has presented his research at numerous international conferences and workshops, including the annual Social Epistemology Network meeting, several European Epistemology Network meetings, the European Society for Analytical Philosophy, the Hungarian Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Joint Session of the Mind and Aristotelian Society.