Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem

Prof. Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem









Outline biography:

During her career in SA prof Ruttkamp-Bloem has taught courses in formal logic, philosophy of science,
philosophy of mind, contemporary metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of Artificial Intelligence to
students from Faculties of Humanities, Natural Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Economic and
Management Sciences, and Education at various universities in South Africa and abroad. She has taught
courses in philosophy of science and formal logic as guest lecturer at UCT (Department of Economics) and
Bennington College in Vermont, USA (Department of Philosophy). She currently teaches first year
Introduction to Epistemology and Metaphysics and an honours course. She is coordinator of the BSocSci
(Philosophy, Politics and Economics) degree at UP.

Her fields of research expertise include philosophy of science (scientific realism; the structure of scientific
theories; the demarcation problem; scientific progress; scientific truth) and formal logic (mathematical logic,
non-classical logics such as epistemic logic, belief revision and preferential logics). Her supervision
competence includes, apart from the above, aspects of virtue epistemology and epistemic justice, issues of
global justice, aspects of philosophy of mind, and aspects of philosophy and ethics of AI. She currently
participates in research projects on scientific realism and epistemic justice – see her academic pages for
more detail.

Her work is well-known and respected in formal logic and philosophy of science circles nationally and
internationally. This is attested to by the number of high quality publications of her work in respectable
accredited journals, the citation of her work in the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, her invited talks
here and abroad (most recently at LMU in Munich), the success of the international Scientific Realism
Conference she organised in Cape Town in 2014, her National Research Foundation ratings, her presidency
of the Philosophical Society of Southern Africa (2011-2013), her visiting fellowship in Helsinki in 2015, her
recent guest-editorship at Synthese, and her representation of South Africa as alternate for Don Ross
(University College Cork, Ireland and University of Cape Town, South Africa) at the International Union of
History and Philosophy of Science since 2015.


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