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dr. Rik Peels

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Biography

I studied philosophy at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the University of Notre Dame (IN, USA), and theology at the Theological University Apeldoorn and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Subsequently, I did my PhD at Utrecht University with Herman Philipse, on what it is to believe responsibly. In 2011, I did research for my dissertation at Oxford University as an associate member of Merton College. Since September 2012, I am a teacher and researcher at the Vrije Universiteit, working on the limits of science and, as of September 1st 2016, the epistemic responsibilities of the university. Also, from 2011 to 2014, I was the European Director of the Veritas Forum, an international organization which hosts conversations and debates at universities about science and the big questions of life. Apart from philosophy and theology, I love sea fishing and trout fishing, sailing, painting, English literature, history (WW2), making and eating Sushi, drinking Scotch with friends, playing the guitar, and traveling. I live in Amsterdam.

Areas of expertise

Epistemology; Ethics; Meta-ethics; Philosophy of religion; Philosophy of science

Research

I’m curently working on the following research project: The Epistemic Responsibilities of the University (2016-2019). In this project, I aim to answer the following question: What are the main epistemic values that the university ought to uphold and how are they reflected in the different methods that the various academic disciplines employ? In order to provide a clear articulation and defense of the university’s epistemic values, and in order to provide tools that help university leaders and policy makers to meet epistemic responsibilities that issue from these values, it is important to first get a firmer conceptual grip on these values. For, universities can meet their epistemic responsibilities only if it is sufficiently clear what epistemic phenomena are valuable and worthwhile pursuing, as well as how these values relate to each other, both in research and teaching. In my research, I carry out the conceptual groundwork that will be employed in each of the other projects of The Epistemic Responsibilities of the University.

So far (summer 2019), I have applied this to four distinct issues within this project: (i) I have argued in a number of publications that replication is not only possible and desirable in the sciences, but also in the humanities (defended in 5 articles); (ii) literature and literary studies aim also aim at epistemic values like knowledge and understanding (defended in 1 article); (iii) the humanities pursue the same epistemic values as the sciences (defended in 1 article); (iv) various, sometimes incommensurable, epistemic and other values play a role in research integrity codes (defended 1 article); (v) it is the university’s responsibility to pursue epistemic value in research integrity, intellectual virtue education, addressing the big questions of life, giving the humanities a proper place, and serving society (1 white paper).

Publications

Forthcoming
  • Rik Peels, Thirza J. Lagewaard. (2021). “We didn’t know: Ignorance on Group Levels”, in Jennifer Lackey and Aidan McGlynn (eds), Oxford Handbook of Social Epistemology (Oxford: Oxford University Press), forthcoming
  • Rik Peels. (2019). “Reply to Sanford Goldberg and Andrew White”, Journal of Philosophical Research, forthcoming
  • Rik Peels, Thirza J. Lagewaard. (2021). “We didn’t know: Ignorance on Group Levels”, in Jennifer Lackey and Aidan McGlynn (eds), Oxford Handbook of Social Epistemology (Oxford: Oxford University Press), forthcoming
  • Rik Peels, René van Woudenberg. (2019). “Introduction”, in Rik Peels and René van Woudenberg (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Common Sense Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
  • Rik Peels, Jeroen de Ridder, René van Woudenberg. (2019). “Introduction”, in Rik Peels, Jeroen de Ridder, René van Woudenberg (eds.), Scientific Challenges to Common Sense Philosophy (Oxford: Routledge)
  • Rik Peels. (2019). “Extreme Beliefs and Epistemic Duties”, in Kevin Ray McCain and Scott Stapleford (eds.), Epistemic Duties: New Arguments, New Angles (Oxford: Oxford University Press), forthcoming
  • Rik Peels. (2019). “The Epistemic Authority of Common Sense”, in Rik Peels and René van Woudenberg (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Common Sense Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), forthcoming.
Books
  • Jeroen de Ridder, Rik Peels, René van Woudenberg, eds. (2018). Scientism: Prospects and Problems (New York: Oxford University Press)
  • Rik Peels and Martijn Blaauw, eds. (2017). The Epistemic Dimensions of Ignorance (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
  • Rik Peels. (2016). Responsible Belief: A Theory in Ethics and Epistemology (New York: Oxford University Press)
  • Rik Peels, ed. (2016). Perspectives on Ignorance from Moral and Social Philosophy (London: Routledge)
Book chapters (selection)
  • Rik Peels. (2019). “Should We Accept Scientism? The Argument from Self-Referential Incoherence”, in Kevin Ray McCain and Kostas Kampourakis (eds.), Knowing in Science: An Introduction (Oxford: Routledge), 274-287
  • Rik Peels, Hans van Eyghen, Gijsbert van den Brink. (2018). “Cognitive Science of Religion and the Cognitive Consequences of Sin”, in Hans van Eyghen, Rik Peels, Gijsbert van den Brink (eds.), New Developments in the Cognitive Science of Religion and the Rationality of Religious Belief (Dordrecht: Springer), 199-214.
  • Hans van Eyghen, Rik Peels, and Gijsbert Van den Brink. (2018). “Introduction”, in Hans van Eyghen, Rik Peels, and Gijsbert Van den Brink (eds.), New Developments in the Cognitive Science of Religion: The Rationality of Religious Belief (Dordrecht Springer), 199-214.
  • Rik Peels. (2019). “Asserting Ignorance”, in Sanford Goldberg (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Assertion (Oxford: Oxford University Press), from https://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190675233.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780190675233-e-25
  • Rik Peels. (2018). “A Conceptual Map of Scientism”, in Jeroen de Ridder, Rik Peels, and René van Woudenberg (eds.), Scientism: Prospects and Problems (New York: Oxford University Press), 28-56.
  • Rik Peels. (2017). “Ignorance”, in Tim Crane (ed.), Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (London: Routledge)
  • Rik Peels. (2017). “The Fundamental Argument against Scientism”, in Maarten Boudry and Massimo Pigliucci (eds.), Science Unlimited? The Challenges of Scientism (Chicago: Chicago University Press), 165-184.
  • Pierre Le Morvan and Rik Peels. (2016). “The Nature of Ignorance: Two Views”, in Rik Peels and Martijn Blaauw (eds.), The Epistemic Dimensions of Ignorance (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 12-32
  • Rik Peels. (2016). “Can God Repent?”, in Jonathan L. Kvanvig (ed.), Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion VII (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 190-212
  • Nikolaj Nottelmann and Rik Peels. (2013). “Some Metaphysical Implications of a Credible Ethics of Belief”, in Nikolaj Nottelmann (ed.), New Essays on Belief: Constitution, Content, and Structure (New York: Palgrave Macmillan), 230-250
Articles (selection)
  • Rik Peels. (2019). “Replication and Replicability in the Humanities”, Research Integrity and Peer Review 4.2, https://doi.org/10.1186/s41073-018-0060-4
  • Rik Peels, Jeroen de Ridder, René van Woudenberg, Lex Bouter. (2019). “Academia’s Big Five: A Normative Taxonomy for the Epistemic Responsibilities of Universities”, F1000research 8, 862, https://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.19459.1.
  • Rik Peels. (2019). “Exploring the Boundaries of Ignorance: Its Nature and Accidental Features”, Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 8.1, 10-18.
  • Rik Peels, Lex Bouter. (2018). “Replication Drive for Humanities”, Nature 558, 372
  • Rik Peels, Lex Bouter. (2018). “The Possibility and Desirability for Replication in the Humanities”, Palgrave Communications 4:95, DOI: 10.1057/s41599-018-0149-x, reprinted in Quantitative Methodologies: Novel Applications in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Rik Peels. (2018). “Epistemic Values in the Humanities and the Sciences”, History of Humanities 3.1, 89-111
  • Rik Peels. (2018). “Précis: The Importance and Complexities of Believing Responsibly / La importancia y las complejidades de creer responsablemente” Teorema: International Journal of Philosophy 37.2, 93-110.
  • Rik Peels. (2018). “The Influence View on Responsible Belief: Reply to Kulp, Levy, Rossi, and Goldberg”, Teorema: International Journal of Philosophy 37.2, 165-180
  • Rik Peels. (2018). “Response to Zimmerman, Steup, Booth, and Kalis & Schaubroeck”, International Journal of Philosophical Studies
  • Rik Peels. (2018). “Précis”, International Journal of Philosophical Studies
  • Rik Peels. (2017). “Responsible Belief and Epistemic Justification”, Synthese 194.8, 2895-2915
  • Rik Peels. (2016). “Is Science like a Crossword Puzzle? Foundherentist Conceptions of Scientific Warrant”, Canadian Journal of Philosophy 46.1, 81-101
  • Rik Peels. (2015). “Believing at Will Is Possible”, Australasian Journal of Philosophy3, 524-541
  • Rik Peels. (2015). “Does God Have a Sense of Humor?”, Faith and Philosophy3, 271-292
  • Rik Peels. (2015). “A Modal Solution to the Problem of Moral Luck”, American Philosophical Quarterly1, 73-87
  • Rik Peels. (2014). “Against Doxastic Compatibilism”, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research3, 679-702
  • Rik Peels. (2014). “What Kind of Ignorance Excuses? Two Neglected Issues”, Philosophical Quarterly256, 478-496
  • Rik Peels, Anthony Booth. (2014). “Why Responsible Belief Is Permissible Belief”, Analytic Philosophy1, 75-88
  • Rik Peels. (2013). “Does Doxastic Responsibility Entail the Ability to Believe Otherwise?”, Synthese17, 3651-3669
  • Rik Peels. (2013). “Belief-Policies Cannot Ground Doxastic Responsibility”, Erkenntnis3, 561-569
  • Anthony Booth, Rik Peels. (2010). “Why Responsible Belief Is Blameless Belief”, The Journal of Philosophy 5, 157-165
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Contact

Mail h.d.peels@vu.nl

Additional Information

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