Endre Begby

Professor of Philosophy

Chair, Department of Philosophy


  • M.A. University of Oslo
  • Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh

Current Research Interests

I have wide-ranging interests in philosophy, but most of my work tends to focus on issues in social epistemology, on the cognitive underpinnings of language and communication, or in social and political philosophy. I teach and supervise across all these areas.

My book Prejudice: A Study in Non-Ideal Epistemology was published by Oxford University Press in 2021 (paperback edition 2022). My current work focuses on political epistemology more specifically. This project is in early stages yet, but I’m hoping for it to coalesce in the form of another monograph, under the working title Belief Formation in Antagonistic Information Environments.

Below are some of my recent publications, but please see my webpage for a full list.

  • Begby, E. forthcoming. “Prejudiced Belief: Evidential Considerations.” In M. Lasonen-Aarnio and C. Littlejohn, eds., The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Evidence.
  • Begby, E. 2022. “From Belief Polarization to Echo Chambers: A Rationalizing Account.” Episteme.
  • Begby, E. 2021c. Prejudice: A Study in Non-Ideal Epistemology. Oxford University Press.
  • Begby, E. 2021b. “The Problem of Peer Demotion, Revisited and Resolved.” Analytic Philosophy.
  • Begby, E. 2021a. “Evidential Preemption.” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.
  • Begby, E. 2020. “The Knowledge Norm of Assertion in Dialectical Context.” Ratio: Special issue on Applied Philosophy of Language.
  • Begby, E. 2018b. “Doxastic Morality: A Moderately Skeptical Perspective.” Philosophical Topics: Special issue: “Can Beliefs Wrong?”
  • Begby, E. 2018a. “Straight Thinking in Warped Environments.” Analysis: Symposium on Susanna Siegel’s The Rationality of Perception.
  • Begby, E. 2017. “Perceptual Expansion under Cognitive Guidance: Lessons from Language Processing.” Mind & Language.
  • Begby, E. 2016b. “Language from the Ground Up: A Study of Homesign Communication.” Erkenntnis.
  • Begby, E. 2016a. “Deranging the Mental Lexicon.” Inquiry.
  • Begby, E. 2015. “Hermeneutics and Pragmatism,” in Jeff Malpas and Hans-Helmuth Gander, eds., The Routledge Companion to Philosophical Hermeneutics.
  • Begby, E. 2014c. “Lexical Norms, Language Comprehension, and the Epistemology of Testimony.” Canadian Journal of Philosophy.
  • Begby, E. 2014b. “A Role for Coercive Force in the Theory of Global Justice?” in Thom Brooks, ed., New Waves in Global Justice.
  • Begby, E. 2014a. Review of Tyler Burge, Cognition Through Understanding. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
  • Begby, E. 2013b. “The Epistemology of Prejudice.” Thought.
  • Begby, E. 2013a. “Semantic Minimalism and the ‘Miracle of Communication’.” Philosophical Studies.
  • Begby, E. 2012. “Collective Responsibility for Unjust Wars.” Politics.
  • Begby, E., G. Reichberg, and H. Syse. 2012. “The Ethics of War” (parts I & II). Philosophy Compass.
  • Begby, E. 2011b. Review of Tyler Burge, Origins of Objectivity, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
  • Begby, E. 2011a. “Concepts and Abilities in Anti-Individualism.” Journal of Philosophy.


Summer 2024

Future courses may be subject to change.