Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij | Ph.D.


Reader in
Birkbeck College,
University of London



I work on one of the most fundamental notions in epistemology—i.e., epistemic value, or that which we pursue when we want to find out what the world is like—and on how to set up social institutions in ways that promote such value.

In recent work, I have defended the idea that true belief is the only fundamental epistemic value. Relying on that theory, I have also:

At present, I’m working on

  • how to make anti-immigration sentiments responsive to evidence of the economic benefits of immigration, as part of a Leverhulme-funded project together with the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR).

  • the prospects for self-resolving information markets, in collaboration with Dysrupt Labs. The goal is to design self-resolving markets that match traditional markets in accuracy, but don't rely on external events in settling pay-offs.
  • defending epistemic consequentialism (see here and here). The project is conducted together with Jeff Dunn (DePauw) and funded by the British Academy. As part of the project, Jeff and I are editing a volume on epistemic consequentialism for Oxford University Press.

I live in north London with my wife, Radha, and our son, August. Whenever the three of us get a chance, we travel.

You'll find my contact information at the foot of this page.