I am an assistant professor of (digital) ethics at the Radboud University Nijmegen. My research centers around the concepts of self-knowledge and autonomy. In recent years, I became specifically interested in the ways in which various technological developments affect these fundamental capacities, both positively and negatively. I am interested, for instance, in how online manipulation, the (non)transparency of AI, or being the subject of automated decision-making (‘computer says no’) affect people’s capacity for knowing what they want, believe, prefer and care about (self-knowledge) and being able to formulate and act on one’s own goals (autonomy).
I am originally trained in the philosophy of mind and epistemology, and made a steady switch to (digital) ethics and political philosophy over the years. But ultimately, I am a philosopher who is most comfortable on intersections within philosophy as well as outside of philosophy, i.e. in interdisciplinary contexts. I am affiliated both with the department of Ethics and Political Philosophy at my faculty, as well as iHub, Raboud University’s interdisciplinary research center on Security, Privacy, and Data Governance.
My current NWO VENI research project (spanning from Jan 2020 - Jan 2024) is titled “Do algorithms know better? First-person authority in the age of big data”. You can find more info on the project here.
Before my current position in Nijmegen, I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Faculty of Philosophy in Cambridge, working on a project titled ‘The role and value of self-knowledge in contemporary liberalism,’ which was supported by the Niels Stensen Foundation. I wrote my PhD thesis (‘The Circumstances of Self-Knowledge’) at the Radboud University Nijmegen. My PhD research was funded by NWO (‘Promoties in de Geesteswetenschappen’).
I am passionate about science communication and public philosophy. Being a philosopher, I am also interested in what public philosophy is, and how it differs - if at all - from academic philosophy, and if so, whether it should. For an overview of articles/activities, see here. Importantly, for me public philosophy is not just outreach, or dumbing down from the ivory tower above. Rather, I see public philosophy, if there even is such a thing, as itself an important form of philosophizing, as something that involves thinking with – rather than mere talking to – the larger public.
I am passionate about philosophy, but I am also passionate about non-academic life, and I do my best to prioritize accordingly. I enjoy photography, fiction (the reading and writing thereof), mountains and rocks and other things vertical, and much else besides. I also believe these activities make me a better academic, but that would be to get my priorities wrong.
’18 – present Assistant professor (digital) ethics, Radboud University Nijmegen (tenured)
’17-’18 Postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge (UK), Niels Stensen Fellowship. Host: prof. Rae Langton.
2017 Temporary lectureships in theoretical/practical philosophy at Erasmus University Rotterdam, University of Amsterdam, and the Radboud University Nijmegen.
11-16 PhD student (0.8 fte), Radboud University Nijmegen. Start Oct. 2011.
‘12-‘13 Visiting research fellow (salaried) at Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf, project on philosophy and psychiatry, Oct. ‘12–Jan. ‘13.
’11-’14 Editorial assistant (0.2 fte, Technical University Eindhoven) for Philosophical Explorations (Routledge).
2017 PhD in philosophy, Radboud University Nijmegen. Supervisors: prof. Marc Slors, prof. Jan Bransen, prof. Quassim Cassam. Submitted Sept ’16, defended May ’17.
2011 Research M.A. in philosophy (summa cum laude), Radboud University Nijmegen.
2009 B.A. in philosophy, Utrecht University.
Jongepier, F. (forthcoming). The Value of Transparent Self-Knowledge. In Ethical Theory and Moral Practice.
Jongsma, K. and Jongepier, F. (2020). Value-sensitive design & global digital health. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. Link.
Jongepier, F. & Cassam, Q. (2020). Radically self-deceived? Not so fast. In 'Scientific Challenges to Common Sense Philosophy,' Oxford: Routledge.
Jongepier, F. (2020). Algoritmische autoriteit en epistemische onrechtvaardigheid. In 'Democratie in digitale tijden: Doen, durven of de waarheid,' Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Jongepier, F., & Keymolen, E. (2019). Waarom hebben we een ‘recht op uitleg’ wanneer machines over ons beslissen? Filosofie & Praktijk, 39(4), 35-45.
Strijbos, D.W. & Jongepier, F. (2018). Self-Knowledge in Psychotherapy: Adopting a Dual Perspective on One’s Own Mental States. Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology, 25 (1), 45-58.
Jongepier, F. (2018) 'Zelfdoding en de waarde van een rationeel leven,' ANTW 2018 110 (4) (op uitnodiging)
Bruin, L.C. de, Jongepier, F. & Maagt, S. de (2017). Ik: Filosofie van het Zelf (HAVO Exam Book 2018-2021). Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Boom. Inhoudsopgave/inleiding hier.
Jongepier, F. (2017, May 23). The Circumstances of Self-Knowledge. PhD thesis, Radboud University (261 pag.) Supervisor(s): prof. dr. M.V.P. Slors, prof. dr. J.A.M. Bransen & prof. dr. Q. Cassam. Table of contents and introduction here.
Jongepier, F. (2016). Towards a constitutive account of implicit narrativity. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 15 (1), 51-66.
Jongepier, F. & Strijbos, D.W. (2015) Self-Knowledge in perspective (introduction to special issue), Philosophical Explorations 18 (2).
Bruin, L.C. de, Jongepier, F. & Strijbos, D.W. (2014). Mental Agency as Self-Regulation. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 6 (4), 815-825.
Slors, M.V.P. & Jongepier, F. (2014). Mineness without Minimal selves. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 21 (7-8), 193-219.
2020 (invited keynote) 'Corona ethics: A tragedy in two acts' lecture at (digital) ‘Corona Ethics’ workshop VU Amsterdam, 19-06-’20. Link to lecture & slides here.
2020 ‘Third-personal self-relations and compartmentalised agency-denial,’ European Society for Analytic Philosophy conference, 17-08-’20.
2020 ‘Kantian ethics for non-philosophers,’ tutorial lecture for iHub colleagues 09-04-’20.
2020 (invited keynote) ‘Do algorithms know better? First-person authority in the age of big data,’ lecture series “Artificial Partners: Cooperating and Competing with Machines,” LMU Münich.
2020 ‘Third-personal self-relations and compartmentalised agency-denial,’ Practical Philosophy Colloquium Utrecht University, 25-02-2020.
2019 (invited lecture) 'Do Algorithms Know Better? First-Person Authority in the Age of Big Data,' Amsterdam Platform for Privacy Research meeting, 04-10-2019.
2019 (invited keynote) ‘The ethics of self-tracking,’ lecture series Ethics across borders, Netherlands Institute Athens, 15-03-19.
2019 (invited keynote) ‘Ethics Meets Epistemology,’ OZSW Research Master Winter School, Radboud University, 22-02-19.
2019 (invited) ‘Disagreements between first-person authority and algorithmic authority,’ workshop Norms, Rules and Disagreement, Keio University, Tokyo, 11-01-19.
2019 ‘Explanation and Agency: Exploring the normative landscape of the “Right to Explanation,” in the GDPR,’ UvA Philosophy & Public Affairs colloquium, 13-02-‘19.
2018 ‘Explanation and Agency: Exploring the normative landscape of the “Right to Explanation,” in the GDPR,’ Amsterdam Privacy Conference, presenter: co-author, Esther Keymolen. 05-10-‘18.
2018 (invited) ‘Avowal, apps and algorithms,’ commentary on paper by Naomi Kloosterboer, PPA colloquium, University of Amsterdam, 30-05-‘18.
2018 (invited) ‘Is being a disappointed Kantian a reason to be a moral relativist?’ commentary on moral relativism, workshop with David Velleman, UvA, 14-03-‘18
2018 ‘The Grounds of First-Person Authority: Moral or Epistemic?’, Utrecht Theoretical Philosophy Colloquium, 03-04-’18.
2018 (invited) ‘Can autonomous systems respect autonomy?’, conference 'Responsible Intelligent Systems: Concepts, Practices and Formal Models,' Utrecht University, 12-02-20.
2017 ‘Transparency as a Normative Demand,’ Cambridge Mind Seminar, 14-11-’17.
2017 ‘Self-Knowledge and Autonomy’, Freedom and Autonomy Conference, Birkbeck College, University of London, 15-06-’17.
SPECIAL ISSUE/VOLUMES (eds.)
2021 Edited volume on 'Manipulation Online: Philosophical Perspectives on Human-Machine Interactions' with Michael Klenk.
2015 Jongepier, F. and Strijbos, D. 'Self -knowledge in perspective' special issue in Philosophical Explorations, 18 (2).
2019 NWO Veni (€250.000)
2016 Niels Stensen Fellowship (postdoc carried out at the University of Cambridge) (+-€60.000)
2017 Award for finishing PhD thesis before end of contract (€1.000).
’11-‘16 PhD grant (NWO 'Promoties in de Geesteswetenschappen') (+- €200.000)
2014 Frye Stipendium, (Stipendia for ten female researchers of the Radboud University) (€3.500)
2012 Visiting Research Fellowship, project ‘Frame Analysis of Mental Disorders’, Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf (€6.400)
2021 Digital workshop series on online manipulation (with Michael Klenk)
2020 ‘Digital Political Epistemology’ conference, with Michael Hannon (postponed to 2020 due to COVID19)
2020 PhD winterschool OZSW ‘Ethical Theory and Moral Practice’ (with Sven Nyholm)
2017 Early career study group ‘Analytic & continental philosophy’
2017 ‘Self-Knowledge: Metaphysical, Epistemic, and Developmental Perspectives,’ workshop. Keynotes: Eric Schwitzgebel, Quassim Cassam. Nijmegen (May 22nd)
2014 ‘Self-knowledge, Folk Psychology & Psychiatry’ conference, Nijmegen, 27th-28th June.
2014 Master class with Marya Schechtman (Illinois, Chicago).
Lecturer/course designer for over 15 courses. Currently I teach undergraduate ethics; advanced ethics; digital manipulation and autonomy, the latter of which is a course which is part of a three-course module The Digital Revolution of which I am the developer/coordinator. I supervise numerous (under)graduate theses. Official teaching qualification (‘BKO’) obtained 28-02-2018. Teaching CV upon request.