Eric T. Kerr National University of Singapore
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Dr. Eric T. Kerr is a postdoctoral fellow in the Science, Technology and Society Cluster at the National University of Singapore. He holds joint appointments with the Asia Research Institute and Tembusu College. Dr. Kerr received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh in 2013. Prior to that, he trained as a lawyer at the University of Aberdeen. He has taught at the City University of New York and the University of Edinburgh and has been a visiting researcher at Delft University of Technology and the University of Vienna. Eric’s research addresses issues that arise in the intersection between epistemology and the philosophy of technology. His fieldwork research explores knowledge production in the petroleum engineering industry in South-East Asia. Eric has a joint appointment with the Asia Research Institute, where he will be working on a project entitled ‘Analysing Knowledge Cultures in Engineering in East Asia and Europe’ as well as pursuing various threads from his doctoral dissertation.
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  1. Eric Kerr & Axel Gelfert (2014). The 'Extendedness' of Scientific Evidence. Philosophical Issues 24 (1):253-281.
    In recent years, the idea has been gaining ground that our traditional conceptions of knowledge and cognition are unduly limiting, in that they privilege what goes on inside the ‘skin and skull’ (Clark 1997: 82) of an individual reasoner. Instead, it has been argued, knowledge and cognition need to be understood as embodied (involving both mind and body), situated (being dependent on the complex interplay between the individual and its environment), and extended (that is, continuous with, rather than separate from, (...)
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  2. Eric T. Kerr (2013). Engineering Differences Between Natural, Social, and Artificial Kinds. In Maarten Franssen, Peter Kroes, Pieter Vermaas & Thomas A. C. Reydon (eds.), Artefact Kinds: Ontology and the Human-made World. Synthese Library.
    My starting point is that discussions in philosophy about the ontology of technical artifacts ought to be informed by classificatory practices in engineering. Hence, the heuristic value of the natural-artificial distinction in engineering counts against arguments which favour abandoning the distinction in metaphysics. In this chapter, I present the philosophical equipment needed to analyse classificatory practices and then present a case study of engineering practice using these theoretical tools. More in particular, I make use of the Collectivist Account of Technical (...)
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  3. Eric T. Kerr & Duncan Pritchard (2012). Skepticism and Information. In Hilmi Demir (ed.), Philosophy of Engineering and Technology Volume 8. Springer.
    Philosophers of information, according to Luciano Floridi (The philosophy of information. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2010, p 32), study how information should be “adequately created, processed, managed, and used.” A small number of epistemologists have employed the concept of information as a cornerstone of their theoretical framework. How this concept can be used to make sense of seemingly intractable epistemological problems, however, has not been widely explored. This paper examines Fred Dretske’s information-based epistemology, in particular his response to radical epistemological (...)
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