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Nikolaj Jang Lee Linding Pedersen
Director of Veritas Research Center

  • Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Associate Fellow, Northern Institute of Philosophy, 2009-
  • Senior Research Fellow, Social Epistemology Research Group, University of Copenhagen, 2009-2011.
  • Carlsberg Foundation Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy, UCLA, 2006-2009.
  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, Arche Research Centre, University of St. Andrews, 2006.
  • Cand.mag. in Philosophy, University of Copenhagen, 2002.
  • M.Litt. in Philosophy, University of St. Andrews, 2001.
  • B.A. in Philosophy, University of Copenhagen, 2001.

Email: nikolajpedersen@gmail.com
Tel: 032-749-3010
Office: Veritas Hall B427


I'm Associate Professor of Philosophy at Underwood International College. I have worked at UIC since the fall of 2011. In 2013 I served as the first Residential Master of Aristotle International House, one of the houses of Yonsei University's Residential College. Every now and then I visit the Northern Institute of Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen where I'm an Associate Fellow. I'm a founding member of the Southern California Epistemology Network as well as the Social Epistemology Research Group (SERG) at the University of Copenhagen. Prior to coming to Korea, I did a Ph.D. at the Arche Centre, University of St. Andrews and then held two research fellowships the first at UCLA, the second at University of Copenhagen. I like philosophy and strong lattes. And I love soccer. This explains why I'm the faculty advisor of Underwood United, UIC's soccer team. It also explains why I join their 7am practices.



  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, Arche, University of St. Andrews 2006
  • Cand. Mag. in Philosophy, University of Copenhagen 2002
  • M.Litt. in Philosophy, University of St. Andrews 2001
  • BA in Philosophy, University of Copenhagen 2001

Courses and Current Research Areas

Teaching at UIC:
Critical Reasoning (UC2101).
World Philosophy: Epistemology (UIC1901).
World Philosophy: A Philosophical Introduction to Decision Theory (UIC1901).

In the past I have taught graduate level and upper- and lower-division undergraduate courses at UCLA, University of Aberdeen, and University of Copenhagen. I have likewise supervised theses and independent studies at both the graduate and undergraduate level. My teaching and supervision cover topics in epistemology, social epistemology, philosophy of mathematics, metaphysics, formal logic, philosophical logic, philosophy of science, and ethics.

My main research areas are epistemology, truth, metaphysics, and philosophy of logic and mathematics. In epistemology, I work primarily on entitlement, disagreement, and epistemic value. My work on truth concerns alethic pluralism?very roughly the view that the nature of truth is not uniform across domains. In the philosophy of logic and mathematics, I have thought about the epistemology of satisfiability and consistency, categoricity, second-order quantification, open-ended schemas, and neo-Fregeanism.

Selected Publications

Edited collections:

C. (with Peter Graham). Epistemic Entitlement. Under contract with Oxford University Press.

B. (with Cory D. Wright). (2013). Truth and Pluralism: Current Debates. New York: Oxford University Press.(OUP USA, OUP UK.)

A. (with Cory D. Wright). (2010). New Waves in Truth. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. (Palgrave Macmillan, amazon.)

Journal articles, volume chapters, encyclopedia entries:

20. (Forthcoming). Hume's Principle and entitlement: on the epistemology of the neo-Fregean programme. In P. Ebert and M. Rossberg (eds.), Abstractionism. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Preprint)

19. (with J. C. Bjerring) (Forthcoming). All the (Many, Many) Things We Know: Extended Knowledge? To appear in Philosophical Issues, 2014.

18. (Forthcoming). Pluralism x 3: truth, logic, metaphysics. To appear in D. Cohnitz, P. Pagin, and M. Rossberg (eds.), Monism, Pluralism and Relativism: New Essays on the Status of Logic, a special issue of Erkenntnis. (Online First)

17. (with J. C. Bjerring and J. U. Hansen). (Forthcoming). On the rationality of pluralistic ignorance. To appear in Synthese. (Draft)

16. (with J. Kallestrup). (2013). The epistemology of absence-based inference. Synthese, 190: 2573-2593. (Preprint - Published version)

15. (with K. Ahlstrom and K. Kappel). (2013). The epistemology of inclusiveness. Synthese, 190: 1185-1188. (Published version)

14. (with C. D. Wright). (2013). Introduction. In N. J. L. L. Pedersen and C. D. Wright (eds.), Truth and Pluralism: Current Debates (10-38). New York: Oxford University Press. (Preprint)

13. (with C. D. Wright). (2013). Pluralism about truth as alethic disjunctivism. In N. J. L. L. Pedersen and C. D. Wright (eds.), Truth and Pluralism: Current Debates (87-112). New York: Oxford University Press. (Preprint)

12. (2012). Recent work on alethic pluralism. Analysis, 72: 588-607. (Preprint - Published version)

11. (with C. D. Wright). (2012). Pluralist theories of truth. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

10. (2012). True alethic functionalism? International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 20: 125-133. (Symposium on Lynch's Truth as One and Many). (Preprint - Published version)

9. (with D. Edwards). (2011). Truth as One(s) and Many: on Lynch's alethic functionalism. Analytic Philosophy, 52: 213-230. (Preprint - Published version)

8. (with C. Kelp). (2010). Second-order knowledge. In S. Bernecker and D. Pritchard (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Epistemology (586-596). London: Routledge. (Preprint)

7. (with C. D. Wright). (2010). Truth, Pluralism, Monism, Correspondence. In C. D. Wright and N. J. L. L. Pedersen (eds.), New Waves in Truth (205-217). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan). (Preprint)

6. (with M. Rossberg). (2010). Open-endedness, schemas and ontological commitment. In Nous, 44: 329-339. (Preprint - Published version)

5. (2010). Stabilizing alethic pluralism. Philosophical Quarterly, 60: 92-108. (Preprint - Published version)

4. (2009). Solving the Caesar Problem without categorical sortals. Erkenntnis, 71: 141-155. (Preprint - Published version)

3. (2009). Entitlement, value and rationality. Synthese, 171: 443-457. (A special issue on the philosophy of Crispin Wright edited by J. Kallestrup and D. Pritchard. Preprint - Published version)

2. (2006). What can the problem of mixed inferences teach us about alethic pluralism? The Monist, 89: 103-117. (Preprint Abstract in The Review of Metaphysics, 59, 2005.)

1. (2006). Entitlements, good and bad. Sats: Nordic Journal of Philosophy, 7: 58-82. (Preprint)

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