Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa

Professional Philosopher. Amateur photographer, singer, person.

Jonathan Ichikawa's personal website.

I am an associate professor of philosophy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

My work so far has focused primarily in epistemology (especially questions about knowledge and questions about the apriori), philosophy of language (especially questions about context-sensitivity), and philosophy of mind (especially questions about imagination and questions about intentionality).

I am currently focusing on issues having to do with the normativity of epistemology—in particular, whether there are 'positive' epistemic norms that actively require belief, rather than merely negative ones that prohibit it—and on connections between analytic epistemology and feminist ideas, especially relating to rape culture.

In 2018 I received a SSHRC Insight Grant for work on epistemology and rape culture.

Photo by John Bengson, May 2015

Photo by John Bengson, May 2015

My full CV is here. Selected publications and works in progress are below; a full list of publications is here.

I blog occasionally—sometimes about philosophy.


  • The Rules of Thought. Co-authored with Benjamin Jarvis. Oxford University Press 2013. (Paperback edition 2016.) A monograph articulating a Fregean theory of content, with applications to the epistemology of the a priori, and a discussion of the role of intuitions in philosophy. OUP's product page.

  • The Routledge Handbook of Epistemic Contextualism. Taylor & Francis 2017. An edited volume containing 37 original articles on contextualism. More information here.

  • Contextualising Knowledge: Epistemology and Semantics. Oxford University Press 2017. Articulates and defends a synthesis of (a) knowledge-first epistemology and (b) contextualism about knowledge ascriptions. More information here. (Errata list here.) OUP's product page.

Selected Papers/Chapters forthcoming or in progress:

  • Rape Culture and Epistemology. Co-authored with Bianca Crewe. (draft)

  • Hybrid Virtue Epistemology and the A Priori. Co-authored with Benjamin Jarvis. (draft) Research paper defending a combination of a virtue-theoretic and belief-based approach. Follows up themes from The Rules of Thought.

Selected Other:

  • The Analysis of Knowledge, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, co-authored with Matthias Steup. (online here)

  • On Being the Only Ones, Off Topic, about our experience with a non-monogamous marriage, co-authored with Carrie Jenkins. (draft)

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