Assoc. Prof. Axel Gelfert

Associate Professor Department of Philosophy National University of Singapore
Fellow Tembusu College National University of Singapore
(+65) 6516 7165 (Office)

Dr. Axel Gelfert completed his PhD in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge in 2005, having previously studied Physics at the Humboldt University in Berlin and the University of Oxford. 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 the summer of 2009, and again in 2011, he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh. His research and teaching revolve around issues in the philosophy of science and technology, social epistemology, and the history of philosophy.


Technology and the Fate of Knowledge
The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.