Ali Hasan

Associate Professor
Department Chair

Professor Hasan has broad interests in philosophy, including epistemology (his primary area of research), ethics, philosophy of mind, history of modern philosophy, and philosophy of religion.

Office hours

Mondays and Tuesdays from 12:30 to 2 p.m.


A Critical Introduction to the Epistemology of Perception. Bloomsbury Academic 2017.

Book in progress

Rationality and the Subject’s Perspective. [Working Title]

Committees and service

  • Director of Graduate Studies, UI Philosophy (2016-present)
  • Director of Graduate Professionalization Committee, UI Philosophy (2014-15)
  • Committee on UI Alternative Academic Careers (2013-present)
  • Co-Chair UI Humanities Board of Advisors (2013-present)
  • UI Faculty Senator (2015)
  • Graduate Studies Committee, UI Philosophy (2009-2016)



  • “The Structure of Knowledge and Justification.” Blackwell Companion to Epistemology, 3rd Edition. Forthcoming.
  • “The Reliability of Memory: An Argument from the Armchair.” Episteme. Forthcoming.
  • “The Grounds of Knowledge Must Be Accessible.” In Cowan (ed.) Problems in Philosophy. ​Bloomsbury Academic. 2020.  
  • “Response to Hetherington.” In Cowan (ed.) Problems in Philosophy. ​Bloomsbury Academic. 2020.  
  •  “Is Theism Rational?” In Koterski and Oppy (eds.) Theism and Atheism: Opposing Viewpoints in Philosophy. ​Macmillan Reference. 2019.  
  •  “Skepticism and Spatial Objects,” The International Journal for the Study of Skepticism 2018
  • Review of Ralph Wedgwood, The Value of Rationality (Oxford University Press 2017). Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. 2018
  •  “In Defense of Rationalism about Abductive Inference.” In Inference to the Best Explanation, Poston and McCain (eds.), Oxford University Press. 2017
  • “Certainty.” Oxford Bibliographies. 2017
  • “Foundationalist Theories of Epistemic Justification” (co-authored with Richard Fumerton). Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2016
  • “Knowledge by Acquaintance vs. Description” (co-authored with Richard Fumerton). Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2014
  • Review of Albert Casullo, Essays on A Priori Knowledge and Justification (Oxford University Press 2012). Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. 2014
  • “Internalist Foundationalism and the Sellarsian Dilemma.” Res Philosophica 2013.
  • “Phenomenal Conservatism, Classical Foundationalism, and Internalist Justification.” Philosophical Studies 2013.
  • “Classical Foundationalism and Bergmann's Dilemma for Internalism.” Journal of Philosophical Research 2011.

Ethics of algorithms

  • “The Algorithm Audit: Scoring the Algorithms that Score Us.” (Co-authored with Shea Brown and Jovana Davidovic). Big Data and Society. 2021

History of Islamic philosophy

  • “Al-Ghazali and Ibn Rushd on Divine Creation, Will, and Justice.” In J. Diller and A. Kasher (eds.) Models of God and Other Ultimate Realities. Springer 2013.

Philosophy of religion

  •  “Is Theism Rational?” In Koterski and Oppy (eds.) Theism and Atheism: Opposing Viewpoints in Philosophy. ​Macmillan Reference. 2019.  

Collective action/philosophy of dance

  • “Unplanned Coordination: Ensemble Improvisation as Collective Action.” (Co-authored with Jennifer Kayle) Journal of Social Ontology. Forthcoming.

View Professor Hasan's Publications

Research areas
  • Epistemology
  • Ethics and social/political
  • Early modern history of philosophy
  • Philosophy of mind
Portrait of Ali Hasan
PhD, University of Washington
Contact Information

University of Iowa
272 English-Philosophy Building (EPB)
251 W. Iowa Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States