Emma Otterski

PhD Philosophy

  • Philosophy
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Dugald Stewart Building

3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
Post code


MA (hons), The University of Edinburgh, First Class 

MSt, St Peter's College, University of Oxford, Distinction 

PhD, The University of Edinburgh


I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Undergraduate teaching


PHIL08014 Mind, Matter and Language, 2017

PHIL08005 Philosophy of Science 1, 2018

PHIL08004 Logic 1, 2020, 2021

PHIL08015 Morality and Value, 2022

PHIL08018 Introduction to the History of Philosophy, 2023

PHIL08017 Knowledge and Reality, 2023

Writing tutor, PPLS Skills Centre, 2019 - present 

Research summary

Social cognition, philosophy of cognitive science, feminist and social philosophy 

Current research interests

I'm interested in how we understand and misunderstand each other, and what explains our abilities to do so. This involves thinking about things like the relationship between culture and cognitive mechanisms, the role of social interaction in our (mis)understanding, and our perceptual capacities. My research stems in part from an interest in the notion of 'compensation' and what this involves, particularly in socio-developmental disorders.