Cristina Borgoni

Chair of Epistemology
University of Bayreuth

I hold the Chair of Epistemology at the University of Bayreuth. My philosophical interests concern various aspects of individuals’ minds (beliefs, rationality, self-knowledge, fragmentation, and implicit biases) as well as various aspects of interpersonal interaction (testimony, deference to first-person authority, epistemic injustice, and communication). I have published extensively in both areas. 

I was previously assistant professor at the University of Graz (2013-2017), postdoc at UCLA (2011-2013), and postdoc at UCL (2010). I wrote my PhD thesis at the University of Granada (2009) with the support of a Spanish National Grant (2005-2009), undertaking two short visits to Sussex University and UCLA.


Latest NEWS

Research project funded by the Volkswagen Foundation “Beyond the typical: authority among diverse and playful minds”

concluded: August 2023. More info about the project’s results forthcoming


First-Person Authority

development of a non-intellectualist and social account of first-person authority

Mental Fragmentation

Series of papers on dissonance


Series of papers on self-knowledge


The Fragmented Mind,

co-edited book with Dirk Kindermann and Andrea Onofri, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Publication year: in press, 2021

Rationality in Fragmented Belief Systems,

to appear in The Fragmented Mind (ed. By Borgoni, Kindermann, and Onofri). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Publication year: in press, 2021

Mind studies after implicit biases,

to appear in The Political Turn in Analytic Philosophy, Berlin: De Gruyter. forthcoming.

Publication year: expected in 2021

Unendorsed Beliefs

Borgoni, C. Dialectica (2018) 72 (1): 49-68

Publication year: 2018

Epistemic akrasia and the fallibility of critical reasoning

Borgoni, C. & Luthra, Y. Philosophy Studies (2016). doi:10.1007/s11098-016-0711-6

Publication year: 2016

Dissonance and Doxastic Resistance

Borgoni, C (2015). Dissonance and Doxastic Resistance. Erkenntnis 80 (5), pp 957-974. doi: 10.1007/s10670-014-9691-0

Publication year: 2015

Dissonance and Moorean Propositions

Borgoni, C. (2015), Dissonance and Moorean Propositions. Dialectica, 69, 107–127. doi: 10.1111/1746-8361.12095.

Publication year: 2015

Dissonance and Irrationality: a criticism of the in-between account of dissonance cases

Borgoni, C. (2014), Dissonance and Irrationality: A Criticism of The In-Between Account of Dissonance Cases. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly. doi: 10.1111/papq.12039

Publication year: 2014

Epistemic Akrasia and Mental Agency

Borgoni, C. (2014). Epistemic Akrasia and Mental Agency. Review of Psychology and Philosophy. doi: 10.1007/s13164-014-0205-4.

Publication year: 2014

“First-person authority and the social aspects of self-knowledge”,

to appear in Oxford Handbook of Social Epistemology, ed. by Jennifer Lackey and Aidan McGlynn.

Publication year: expected in 2021

Authority and Attribution: the case of epistemic injustice in self-knowledge

Borgoni, C. Philosophia (2019), volume 47, pages 293–301

Publication year: 2019

Basic self-knowledge and transparency

Borgoni, C. Synthese (2016). doi:10.1007/s11229-016-1235-5

Publication year: 2016

Debating Self-Knowledge by Anthony Brueckner and Gary Ebbs (Critical Notice)

Borgoni, C. (2015)

Publication year: 2015

On Knowing one’s own Resistant Beliefs

Borgoni, C. (2015). On Knowing one’s own Resistant Beliefs. Philosophical Explorations 18 (2): 212-225.

Publication year: 2015

Davidson’s Externalism

Borgoni, C.; Souza, H. (2009). Davidson’s Externalism, Universitas Philosophica 53, pp. 65-87.

Publication year: 2009

En casa, en el mundo: el externismo global constitutivo

Borgoni, C. (2009). En casa, en el mundo: el externismo global constitutivo, Teorema 28 (3), pp. 151-171.

Publication year: 2009

When Externalism and Privileged Self-Knowledge are Compatible and when they are not

Borgoni, C. (2009). When Externalism and Privileged Self-Knowledge are Compatible and when they are not. EPISTEME NS 29 (1), pp. 1-34.

Publication year: 2009

El origen de lo mental: la percepción como genero psicológico (Critical Notice)

Borgoni, C. (2011). El origen de lo mental: la percepción como genero psicológico. Critical Notice of Origins of Objectivity by Tyler Burge, Teorema 30 (3), pp. 135-148.

Publication year: 2011

Interpretando la paradoja de Moore

Borgoni, C. (2008). Interpretando la paradoja de Moore. Theoria 23 (2) pp. 145-161.

Publication year: 2008


BA and MA courses: I have extensive experience in teaching fundamental lectures and seminars in theoretical philosophy, in particular in Epistemology and Philosophy of Mind. I have frequently designed topic seminars within these areas including courses on “self-knowledge”, “testimony”, “rationality”, and “the nature of beliefs”, among others. My courses with a more clearly historical component include courses on Wittgenstein, and on the development of semantic and content externalism through the last century.

Since I arrived in Bayreuth, I’ve been teaching at the bachelor and master Philosophy & Economics programs. This, in addition to the traditional courses in theoretical philosophy, I’ve been offering “life”-oriented Epistemology courses, such as the following: “Prejudice”, “Conspiracy Theory”, “Epistemic Injustice”, “Cognitive Biases and Behavioral Economics” (jointly taught with my colleague from Economics). 


I supervise bachelor and master theses on traditional topics in Epistemology and Philosophy of Mind as well as on politically oriented topics: conspiracy theory, implicit biases, and epistemic injustice.

PhD candidates are welcome to contact me directly. Please make sure that your project bears a clear connection to my fields of specialization.


Department and Faculty

  • Co-head of the philosophy department between 2019-2021
  • Chair of the hiring committee for the Full Professor of Philosophy, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, 2021
  • Member of several hiring committees at the University of Bayreuth, and previously, at the University of Graz

Scientific community

Executive member of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology


Philosophy Journals

Acta Analytica, Analysis, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Crítica (UNAM-Mexico), Dialectica, Erkenntnis, European Journal of Philosophy, Grazer Philosophische Studien, Manuscrito (Unicamp – Brazil), Mind, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Papers, Philosophical Psychology, Philosophical Studies, Synthese, The Philosophical Quarterly, The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Theoria: A Swedish Journal of Philosophy, Thought.

Funding agencies

Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung/Foundation (Ernst Mach Grant), Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), European Research Council (ERC)


Prof. Dr. Cristina Borgoni Gonçalves

Chair of Epistemology



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Universität Bayreuth

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D-95447 Bayreuth

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Universität Bayreuth

Institut für Philosophie

D-95440 Bayreuth


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