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My research focuses on issues in social epistemology, philosophy of science, and philosophy of religion. Currently, most of it is in collective epistemology and political epistemology: can groups have beliefs and knowledge, are there collective intellectual virtues, how do people form and change beliefs about politics, what determines the epistemic performance of groups? I teach on these same issues, but I also enjoy teaching general epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, and business ethics.
Traag obtained his Master in sociology (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam (2008). Coming from a computer science background, and taking up mathematics during his studies in sociology, he went on to obtain a PhD in applied mathematics in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (2013). During his PhD he studied methods for detecting communities in complex networks, resulting in a Python software package. In addition, he performed various analyses in the area of social dynamics and social influence. At CWTS, Traag is studying research from a quantitative and modelling perspective.
Hans published widely on cognitive explanations of religious belief and behavior and the epistemic implications thereof. He published a book on this topic titled 'Arguing from Cognitive Science of Religion. Is Religious belief Debunked' in 2020. His research also addresses topics in epistemology, philosophy of religion and cognitive science.
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