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Prof. Dr. Paul Hoyningen-Huene

(c) Karsten Thormaelen


July 31, 1946, Pfronten/Allgäu (West-Germany)


  • University of Munich, Physics and Philosophy, 1966-1971
  • Diploma (with excellence), Theoretical Physics, University of Munich (Germany), 1971 
  • Postgraduate Course in Mathematical Physics, Imperial College of Science and Technology, London (England), 1971-1972 
  • Ph.D., Theoretical Physics, University of Zürich (Switzerland), 1975 
  • Habilitation, Philosophy of Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich (Switzerland), 1988


  • Fellowship, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, 1969-1972 

  • Fellowship (Habilitationsstipendium), Kredit zur Förderung des akademischen Nachwuchses des Kanton Zürich, 1982-1985 

  • Personal grant, Swiss National Science Foundation, 1986-1987, for the project "The Philosophy of Thomas S. Kuhn. Reconstruction and Fundamental Problems" 

  • Personal grant, Swiss National Science Foundation, 1987-1991, for the project "Theory of Antireductionist Arguments"

Positions held:

  • Teaching and Research Assistant, Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Zürich (Switzerland), 1972-1976 

  • Teaching and Research Assistant, Seminar for Philosophy, Professor H. Lübbe, University of Zürich (Switzerland), 1975-1980 

  • Lecturer, Philosophy of Science, University of Zürich (Switzerland), 1976-1984, 1985-1986, 1987, 1990-3 

  • Lecturer, Philosophy of Science, University of Bern (Switzerland), 1980-1984, 1985-1987, 1988-98 

  • Visiting Scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, with Professor T.S. Kuhn, 1984-1985 

  • Lecturer, Philosophy of Science, ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) 1987 (replacement for Professor Paul Feyerabend); 1988-1992 

  • Senior Visiting Fellow, Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, 1987-1988 

  • Senior Research Fellow for Environmental Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, 1989-1990 

  • Professor (C3) for Foundational theory and history of the sciences, especially the exact sciences, at the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Konstanz, Germany, 1990-97 

  • Currently Professor (C4) for Ethics of Science and Founding Director of the Center for Philosophy and Ethics of Science, University of Hannover, Germany, since 1997. 

  • Visiting Professor in Jugoslavia (1989, 1990), Denmark (1995, 2000) and Norway (1999)


  • Advisory Board of Archimedes. New Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, ed. Jed Z. Buchwald, Kluwer academic publishers 

  • Advisory Board of Journal for General Philosophy of Science  

  • Advisory Board of FACTA. Internationale Zeitschrift für Gegenwartsphilosophie 

  • Advisory Board of Hyle: An International Journal for the Philosophy of Chemistry 

  • Advisory Board of Mâat: Revue Philosophique Africaine  

  • Editorial Board of Philosophy of Science 

  • American Philosophical Association 

  • Board of Consultants of Pflege - die wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift für Pflegeberufe 

  • Executive Board of the General Association for Philosophy in Germany  

  • Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina 

  • History of Science Society, USA 

  • International Council for Scientific Development of the International Academy of Science 

  • Philosophy of Science Assocation, USA 

  • Scientific Board of the Institute for Science and Technology Research at the University of Bielefeld 

  • Scientific Board of the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Gesellschaft  

  • Study group of ICSU on Science and Traditional Knowledge 

  • Swiss Society for Logics and Philosophy of Science


Please refer to the list of talks (includes both English and German)


Please refer to the list of publications