Jakob Ohlhorst


I mostly work on epistemology. My thesis connected epistemic virtues with epistemic entitlements for which we have no evidence. Beyond that, I have dabbled in deontic logic, the philosophy of psychology, and the debate about relativism. My current research connects the philosophy of psychiatry with virtue epistemology. Here is my CV.

Some Papers

(2023) Trust Responsibly: Non-evidential Virtue Epistemology. New York: Routledge. 

(2023) ‘Engineering virtue: constructionist virtue ethics’ Inquiry

(2021) ‘Dual processes, dual virtues’, Philosophical Studies.

(2021) ‘Epistemic austerity : limits to entitlement’, Synthese.

(2021) ‘The Certainties of Delusion’, in Moretti, L. and Pedersen, N. J. L. L. (eds) Non-Evidentialist Epistemology. Leiden: Brill.

(2019) ‘How to tragically deceive yourself’, Les ateliers de l’éthique, 13(2), pp. 48–69.

Some Talks

9. 2023, “Engineering Virtue”, New Directions in Virtue and Vice Epistemology, University of Nottingham, UK (online).

9. 2022, “The mind-expanding powers of conceptual engineering”, Conceptual Engineering Seminar, University of Zürich, Switzerland (online).

8. 2019, “Trust responsibly”, 2019 AHRC DTP Conference on “Trust and Truth”, University of Cambridge, UK.

7. 2019, “Is there a problem of demarcation for hinges?”, 2nd Hinge Epistemology Conference, Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris, France.

11. 2018, “The certainties of delusion”, Belief, Imagination, and Delusion, University of Birmingham, UK.

10. 2017, “What deceiving oneself hinges on”, Self-Deception what it is and what it is worth, University of Basel, Switzerland.

6. 2016, “Luminosity in a Forced-March”, 6th Edinburgh Graduate Epistemology Conference (EGEC), University of Edinburgh, UK.


Together with my Supervisor Sven Bernecker and my marvellous colleague Lisa Benossi I also organised the conference Fürwahrhalten – Return of the Kantians at the University of Cologne in May 2019.

This also led to our editing a special issue on the topic at History of Philosophy and Logical analysis. Some of the articles have already come out, look for the name Kant in the titles.