Dr Eric Kerr

Research Fellow Asia Research Institute National University of Singapore
Residential Fellow Tembusu College National University of Singapore
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Having originally trained as a lawyer in Scotland, Eric received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh in 2013. His writing centres on the philosophy of technology and epistemology. Eric has published on topics including scientific evidence, engineering knowledge, survey methods, and cross-cultural philosophy, among other topics. Before moving to Singapore, he taught in the UK and the US. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Vienna and Delft University of Technology.

Eric has a joint appointment with the Asia Research Institute where he is a Research Fellow in the Science, Technology and Society Cluster.


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.