Workshop in Social and Political Epistemology

The Social Epistemology Research Group at the University of Copenhagen organizes a two-day workshop in social and political epistemology whose purpose is to provide a platform for philosophers and other scholars to present their work on any of these areas.

All topics related to the study of the social dimensions of knowledge or to the different epistemic practices that are relevant in politics are welcome.


  • Annette Martin (New York University)
  • Bjørn Hallsson (University of Copenhagen)
  • Chris Ranalli  (VU Amsterdam)
  • David Christensen (Brown University)
  • Fernando Broncano-Berrocal (University of Copenhagen)
  • Hélène Landemore (Yale University)
  • Jeroen de Ridder (VU Amsterdam)
  • Joshua Habgood-Coote (University of Bristol)
  • Mariangela Zoe Cocchiaro (University of Salzburg/University of Hong Kong)
  • Mikkel Gerken (University of Southern Denmark)
  • Sydney Keough (University of Michigan)
  • Udit Bhatia (University of Oxford)

Closest Metro Station: Islands Brygge. From there it is a short walk.

Campus map

Everyone is welcome to attend, and there is no registration fee.

For inquiries, please contact Fernando Broncano-Berrocal (


Monday, March 19 2018

9:00 – 9:15 Coffee and tea

9:15 – 10:15 David Christensen (Brown University) - Formulating Independence and the Problem of Political Passion

10:20 – 11:20 Annette Martin (New York University) - Race as a Cause of White Ignorance

11:25 – 12:25 Fernando Broncano-Berrocal (University of Copenhagen) - The Epistemology of Public Controversy

12:25 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:30 Mariangela Zoe Cocchiaro (University of Salzburg/University of Hong Kong) - The Philosophical Significance of Aumann's Theorem in the Epistemology of Disagreement

14:35 – 15:35 Sydney Keough (University of Michigan) - Self-Understanding Is Socially Mediated

15:40 – 16:40 Joshua Habgood-Coote (University of Bristol) - Group Authorship: Co-ordinated or Authority-based

19.00: Dinner

Tuesday, March 20 2018

9:00 – 9:15 Coffee and tea

9:15 – 10:15 Hélène Landemore (Yale University) - Are We There Yet? On Procedure-Independent Standards of Correctness in Politics and Whether We Can Ever Know When Our Democratic Procedures Meet Them

10:20 – 11:20 Jeroen de Ridder (VU Amsterdam) - Deep Disagreement and Political Polarization

11:25 – 12:25 Udit Bhatia (University of Oxford) - Rethinking the Epistemic Argument against Epistocracy

12:25 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:30 Bjørn Hallsson (University of Copenhagen) - The Epistemic Significance of Political Disagreement

14:35 – 15:35 Mikkel Gerken (University of Southern Denmark) - How to Balance Balanced Reporting and Reliable Reporting?

15:40 – 16:40 Chris Ranalli  (VU Amsterdam) - The Epistemology of Brainwashing, Blame, and Rationality