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Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of St Andrews
'Hinge' Propositions and the Radical Sceptical Paradox

Research Interests

Duncan's research is mainly in epistemology with particular focus on the following issues: the problem of scepticism, the epistemic externalism/internalism distinction; the rationality of religious belief; testimony; the relationship between epistemic and content externalism; virtue epistemology; epistemic value; modal epistemology; the history of scepticism; and epistemological contextualism.


Duncan Pritchard (PhD, St. Andrews) joined the Department in July 2007 as the new Chair in Epistemology. Before coming to Edinburgh, he was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Stirling. In 2007 he was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize. In 2011 he was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 2013 he delivered the prestigious annual Soochow Lectures in Philosophy, in Taiwan.

Research Groups

Epistemology Research Group: http://www.ppls.ed.ac.uk/philosophy/groups/epistemology-edinburgh

Eidyn: The Edinburgh Centre for Epistemology, Normativity, and Mind: http://eidyn.ppls.ed.ac.uk/ 

Visiting and Research Positions

(2007-) Chair of Epistemology, University of Edinburgh

(2006-2007) Professor of Philosophy, University of Stirling

(2004-2006) Reader in Philosophy, University of Stirling

(2002-2004) Leverhulme Trust Special Research Fellow, University of Stirling

(2000-2004) Lecturer in Philosophy, Uinversity of Stirling

(1999-2000) Temporary Lecturer in Philosophy, University of St Andrews

(1996-1999) Tutor in Philosophy, University of St Andrews


(1992 -1995) BA (Honours), Philosophy, University of Hull - First Class

(1995-1996) MLitt, Philosophy, University of St Andrews

(1996 -2000) PhD, Philosophy, University of St Andrews


I have taught an extensive range of courses, at all levels. I have taught Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Language up to graduate level. I have taught Philosophy of Religion, Logic and Philosophy of Logic and Philosophy of Science up to Honours level and I have taught almost all areas of Philosophy up to sub-honours level. 

Administrative Roles

Elected to a fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

(Edinburgh) Deputy Head of School, School Director of Graduate Studies, Director of Research (philosophy), Director of Graduate Studies (philosophy), College Academic Promotions Committee.

(Stirling) Deputy and Acting Head of Department, Director of Graduate Studies, Chief Examiner


Research outputs

  1. Anti-luck epistemology and pragmatic encroachment

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Educating for intellectual humility and conviction

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Against the odds: The case for a modal understanding of due care

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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Research activities & awards

  1. Intellectual Virtues and the Epistemology of Education

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. Disagreement, Intellectual Humility and Reflection

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  3. 'Hinge Epistemology and Epistemic Angst'

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

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