Axel Gelfert is Assistant Professor of Philosophy, National University of Singapore, and a member of the Steering Committee of the Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Research Cluster in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. He also holds an appointment as an Associate in the STS Research Cluster at Asia Research Institute (ARI).
He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2006, having previously commpleted an M.Phil. in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science (HPS), Cambridge. Prior to that, he completed an undergraduate degree (Diplom) in physics at the Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
Before coming to Singapore, he held a Junior Fellowship at Collegium Budapest (Institute for Advanced Study) in Hungary, where he also guest-lectured in the Department of Philosophy and History of Science (Budapest University of Technology and Economics). In 2009, he spent two months as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), University of Edinburgh, where he will be returning for a longer stint in 2011. From 2008 until 2011, he served as a member of the Scientific Board of the BMBF Collaborative Research Project "Embodied Information: Conceiving and Envisioning 'Converging Technologies'" (funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research). Other professional service includes acting as a referee for various academic journals, including Noûs, Synthese, Journal of Philosophical Research, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, International Studies in Philosophy of Science, Res Publica, and others.
Much of his academic work lies at the intersection of social epistemology, philosophy of science and technology, and history of philosophy. His research has appeared in journals such as Ratio, Episteme: A Journal of Social Epistemology, Synthese, The British Journal for the History of Philosophy (which awarded him a Graduate Essay Prize in 2005), and Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. He also has an interest in bringing academic philosophy to bear on public debate. He regularly teaches introductory and advanced courses in the philosophy of science and technology, as well as a third-year module on 'Knowledge, Modernity, and Global Change', all of which contribute to the Faculty's minor programme in 'Science, Technology and Society', of which he is a Co-Convenor.
Publications (N.B.: all single-authored (A.G.))
Special issue (guest editor) “Model-based representation in scientific practice”, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (Vol. 42, No. 2, June 2011).
"Mathematical formalisms in scientiﬁc practice: from denotation to model-based representation", Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (Vol. 42, No. 2, June 2011, pp. 272-286).
"Scientific Models, Simulation, and the Experimenter's Regress", in Paul Humphreys and Cyrille Imbert (eds.), Representation, Models and Simulations, London: Routledge (forthcoming, 2011)
"Rigorous results, cross-model justification, and the transfer of empirical warrant", Synthese, Vol. 169 (3) 2009, pp. 497-519
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