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Stéphanie Ruphy
University of Provence, France
Fall 2006
Assessing the epistemic credentials of models and simulations of complex real world phenomena

When she is not busy making the most of Parisian life, Stéphanie tries to think about several issues in general philosophy of science, revolving around the unity/disunity of science debate: reductionism, taxonomic pluralism, feminist critics of the value neutrality of science, and the epistemology of computer models and simulations.

Reflecting a long interest in both science and philosophy, her qualifications include a BA in history of philosophy and a degree in aeronautical engineering (which came with a private pilot license), a Master in epistemology and a Master in astronomy and space sciences and, finally, a PhD in astrophysics from Paris Observatory and a PhD in philosophy of science from Columbia University, under the supervision of Philip Kitcher.

After a couple of hectic years as a scientific journalist in Paris, Stephanie has eventually settled down for the quieter joys of the academic life in a philosophy department in the South of France: she’s currently assistant professor at the University of Provence, leaving the turbulence of the capital for a few days a week to teach philosophy of science to both students in philosophy and students in science (very much two worlds apart in France, unfortunately).

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