About

I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the Faculty of Philosophy in Cambridge working on a project on the role and value of self-knowledge in contemporary liberalism.  Very generally, the project resolves around the question of whether the non-interference claim of liberalism hinges on an assumption of privileged self-knowledge of the individual. If so, what kind of self-knowledge is assumed exactly, and is this self-knowledge assumption is legitimate? I’m particularly interested in whether recent discussions on the intersection of theoretical and practical philosophy (e.g. discussions concerning hate speech, epistemic injustice, propaganda, false news) bear on this issue. Project info can be found here.

I wrote my PhD thesis on self-knowledge (supervisors: Marc Slors, Jan Bransen and Quassim Cassam). In my thesis, I addressed the question in what sort of circumstances (psychological, social or moral-political) a subject might fail to acquire self-knowledge, even though s/he has followed the relevant epistemic (e.g. expressivist or deliberative) methods. My PhD research was carried out at the Radboud University Nijmegen, and was supported by an individual grant from the The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO, ‘Promoties in de Geesteswetenschappen’). My Academia-page including published & forthcoming papers can be found here.

I received my research MA from the Radboud University Nijmegen (2011, summa cum laude) and my undergraduate degree from Utrecht University (2009). After completing my PhD, I taught various graduate and undergraduate courses in practical and theoretical philosophy at the Radboud University Nijmegen, University of Amsterdam and the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Apart from these ‘strictly academic’ activities, I am  the co-author of a Dutch popular philosophy book on the self (IK. Filosofie van het zelf, Uitgeverij Boom), written together with Sem de Maagt & Leon de Bruin, which will also be used as the textbook for high school philosophy students (HAVO). I am also the co-founder and present editor-in-chief of a popular Dutch philosophy blog, Bij Nader Inzien, which has the aim of making academic philosophy accessible to a broader public. Apart from these activities, I enjoy photography.
And coffee.

 

Photo: BMfotografie