I am an assistant professor of ethics at the Radboud University Nijmegen. I have two main lines of research: first, I study the ways in which various technological developments affect self-knowledge and autonomy, 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). Second, I have a solid human and philosophical interest in moral pedagogy, moral methodology and what I call feminist meta-ethics. How should ethics be 'done' such that it can make an actual difference in people's lives or organisational structures? My own take is that ethics must be personal, narrative, emotional and contextual.
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. 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, 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. For an overview of my articles/activities, see here. I personally believe the academic/public distinction is less than ideal, and that academic philosophy would be much improved if it shared more of the elements of public philosophy: of being more engaging, having more examples, making us feel things, and being generally a lot more fun to read (and write).
I take academic citizenship seriously and dedicate serious time and energy to it. I was the co-chair of the Radboud Young Academy, a platform of energetic academics collectively brainstorming about and building towards a better academic climate at the Radboud and beyond, in terms of diversity, social safety, work pressure as well as open science and the way science is (de)funded. I co-authored a piece on overwork in academia and our own role in it, and an article about the need to recognise invisible labour in academia, both in the Times Higher Education.
’18 – dec '22. Assistant professor of (digital) ethics, Radboud University Nijmegen.
’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
2011 Research M.A. in philosophy (summa cum laude), Radboud University Nijmegen
2009 B.A. in philosophy, Utrecht University
Jongepier, F. and Klenk, M. (2022) Manipulation Online: Philosophical Perspectives on Human-Machine Interactions, Routledge (Open Access)
Jongepier, F., Maagt, S. de and de Bruin L.C. (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 monograph, Radboud University.
2019 NWO Veni, 'Do algorithms know better? First-person authority in the age of big data' (€250.000)
2016 Niels Stensen Fellowship, 'The role and value of self-knowledge in contemporary liberalism', postdoc carried out at the University of Cambridge (+- €60.000),
2012 Visiting Research Fellowship, project ‘Frame Analysis of Mental Disorders’, Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf (€6.400)
’11-‘16 NWO 'Promoties in de Geesteswetenschappen', PhD grant (+- €200.000)
2022 Heineken Young Scientist Award (€10.000)
2021 NVBe (Dutch Society for Bio-Ethics) third prize for the best broader audience publication on the ethics of the pandemic.
2017 Award for finishing PhD thesis before end of contract (€1.000).
2014 Frye Stipendium (Stipendia for ten female researchers of the Radboud University) (€3.500)
PUBLISHED PAPERS (selection)
Jongepier, F. (2022) Iris Murdoch and Transgressive Love: on loving and unloving philosophers, Iris Murdoch Review.
Jongepier, F. (2022) Unselfing in Bob Dylan and Iris Murdoch. Dylan at 80 (eds. Browning and Sandis), Imprint Academic. Also to appear in German as ‘Bob Dylan und Iris Murdoch ueber Selbst’ (trans. J.P. Wils) in Scheidewege: Schriften für Skepsis und Kritik.
Jongepier, F. and Wieland, J.W. (2022) Microtargeting People as a Mere Means. In Manipulation Online: Philosophical Perspectives on Human-Machine Interactions (eds. Jongepier F. and Klenk M.), Routledge.
Jongepier, F. and Klenk, M. (2022) Online Manipulation: Charting the Territory. In Manipulation Online: Philosophical Perspectives on Human-Machine Interactions (eds. Jongepier F. and Klenk M.), Routledge.
Jongepier, F. (2021). The Value of Transparent Self-Knowledge. In Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. |(link, open access)
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)
Jongepier, F. (2016). Towards a constitutive account of implicit narrativity. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 15 (1), 51-66.
Bruin, L.C. de, Jongepier, F. & Strijbos, D.W. (2014). Mental Agency as Self-Regulation. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 6 (4), 815-825.
2021 ‘Time to recognize and reward invisible labour in academia,’ Times Higher Education, with Shari Boodts.
2021 ‘Workaholic academics need to stop taking pride in their burnout,’ Times Higher Education with Mathijs v/d Sande, link. Most-read of 2021.
2020 ‘On Philosopical Love (or how I fell in love with Iris Murdoch)’ Digressions & Impressions blog.
2020 ‘Ethicists, hold your horses,’ with Karin Jongsma, Open for Debate blog.
2020 (invited keynote) 'Corona ethics: A tragedy in two acts' lecture at (digital) ‘Corona Ethics’ workshop VU Amsterdam, 19-06-’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.
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 lecture) ‘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 lecture) ‘Avowal, apps and algorithms,’ commentary on paper by Naomi Kloosterboer, PPA colloquium, University of Amsterdam, 30-05-‘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.