Keith Raymond Harris


I am a postdoctoral fellow in philosophy at the Institute for Philosophy II at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. I am a member of the INTERACT team focusing on epistemic dimensions of online interactions. You can learn more about the INTERACT project here

My current research is focused on artificial epistemic environments, and especially the epistemic significance of features unique to the online environment. For example, I am interested in the epistemology of fake news, deepfakes, conspiracy theories, and fake persons in the form of bots and trolls. In addition, I am interested in how novel technologies shape individual and group reasoning. My first book, entitled Misinformation, Content Moderation, and Epistemology: Protecting Knowledge concerns these worrying phenomena and the suitability of content moderation as a means of dealing with them. The book will be released on May 2, 2024. 

My previous work has dealt with related issues in applied epistemology and in the metaphysics of minds and cognitive systems. Other previous research includes work on collective intellectual virtues and vices, knowledge-how, scientific progress, and the make-up of group agents. Links to this work can be found here