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Office: Raum 3.03

Present Position

Professor of Philosophy at the University of Salzburg
(full professor 1971––1999; 1999–: emeritus)

Responsibilities and Duties

Chairman of the Institut für Wissenschaftstheorie (Private Research Institute for Philosophy of Science) at the Internationales Forschungszentrum Salzburg (International Research-Center Salzburg)

University and Professional Training

  • 1950–52: Teacher Training College, Innsbruck
  • 1952–55: Teacher of Elementary School in Kirchberg and Innsbruck (Tirol, Austria)
  • 1955–61: Studies in philosophy, mathematics, physics, psychology at the University of Innsbruck, Austria; Doctor of philosophy (major: philosophy, minor: physics), University of Innsbruck (1961)
  • 1961–62: Research fellow of British Council, University of London (studying with Popper)
  • 1963–64: Research fellow of Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, University of Munich (studying with Britzlmayr and Stegmüller)
  • 1965: Dozent (assistant professor) of philosophy (venia legendi), University of Graz
  • 1966: Dozent (assistant professor) of philosophy (venia legendi), University of Salzburg

Academic and Professional Positions Held

  • 1962–67: Research assistant at the Institut für Wissenschaftstheorie at the Internationales Forschungszentrum Salzburg
  • 1967–72: Chairman of the Abteilung I, Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie und Wissenschaftstheorie der Naturwissenschaften (department I, General Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of the Natural Sciences) of the Institut für Wissenschaftstheorie at the Internationales Forschungszentrum Salzburg
  • 1970: Associate Professor of philosophy at the University of Salzburg
  • 1971: Full Professor of philosophy at the University of Salzburg
  • 1971–79, 1988–90, 1994–Jan 1999: Chairman of the Institut für Philosophie at the University of Salzburg
  • 1972: Chairman of the Institut für Wissenschaftstheorie at the Internationales Forschungszentrum Salzburg

Special Honors, Awards, Memberships and Fellowships Received


  • British Council research fellowship 1962; Research followship of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung 1964; Kardinal Innitzer Price for Philosophy of the year 1966
  • Festschrift: 1. Philosophie als Wissenschaft/Essays in Scientific Philosophy (Paul Weingartner gewidmet/dedicated to Paul Weingartner), Bad Reichenhall 1981 (ed. by E. Morscher, O. Neumaier, G. Zecha); 2. Advances in Scientific Philosophy. Essays in Honour of Paul Weingartner on the Occasion of the 60th Anniversary of his Birthday. Amsterdam 1991 (ed. by G. Schurz and G.J.W. Dorn)
  • Honorary Doctorate (Dr. h.c.) from Marie Curie Sklodowska University, Lublin (Poland) 1995
  • Membership of the New York Academy of Sciences (received 1997)

Membership of Cultural, Scientific and Educational Societies and Organisations

Academie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences; Association of Symbolic Logic; International Union for the History and Philosophy of Science; Institut Internationale de Philosophie; Institut der Görresgesellschaft für Interdisziplinäre Forschung

Guest-Professorships and Guest-Lectures


  • 1. Visiting Professorships: University of California at Irvine (January to June 1978; September 1990 to March 1991; January to June 2000; April to June 2001); National University of Canberra , Australia (July 1978); Philosophy of  Science Center McGill University (Montreal) July to August 1980; University of Pittsburgh, Philosophy of  Science Center (March to April 1984); Brazil: Universities of  Porto Allegre, Rio d. J.,  Santa Catherina, Santos, Sao Paulo, Campinas, Manaus, Cuiaba, Canoas (Sept. and October 1993 and October and November 1998).
  • 2. Invited Guest-Lectures: at Austrian and at more than 100  foreign Universities (Europe, USA, Canada, Russia, Australia, Chile, Brazil, South Korea, Japan)
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    On Wednesday, 24.4.2019, at 17:00 in the Bibliotheksaula of the University of Salzburg (Hofstallgasse 2), Bundespräsident a. D. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Heinz Fischer opens a junior scientific conference on „Die Krise des demokratischen Rechtsstaats im 21. Jahrhundert. Oder: Wie sich die Geschichte gegen ihr Ende wehrt.“ The junior scientists and others come from Vienna, Budapest, Germany and the USA, to discuss this topic. Dates: from 24 - 26 April, 2019. Location: the Edmundsburg. Guests are welcome!
    For his publication on the detoxification of the metals strontium and barium in the cells of the moor green alga Micrasterias, the Salzburg biologist Martin Niedermeier received the Fritz Grasenick Prize 2018 of the Austrian Society for Electron Microscopy (ASEM) in the field of Life Sciences.
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    Guest lecture by Herrn Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Heil, University of Vienna, on Monday, 6.5.2019, 17.30, Residenzplatz 1, Abguss-Sammlung SR. E.33, Department of Classical Studies.
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    What does communication have to do with it? 8 May, 2019, 15.00-18.00, FÜNFZIGZWANZIG, Residenzplatz 10, 5020 Salzburg
    Lecture by Daniel Tanuro, Agricultural Engineer and Eco-socialist Activist, on Thursday, 9 May at 19:30 at the UniPark Salzburg, as part of the lecture series "Global Challenges - Answers to Climate Change".
    Lecture by Birgit Mahnkopf, Berlin, on Thursday, 9 May at 18:00 at the UniPark Salzburg, as part of the lecture series "Global Challenges - Answers to Climate Change".
    Date: 16.05.2019 // Time: 18:30h s.t. - 20: 00h // Place: Hörsaal 209 (!) the Faculty of Law, the University of Salzburg // Churfürststraße 1 // A-5020 Salzburg // (access signposted)
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    Where: In the Botanical Garden, Hellbrunnerstr. 34, A-5020 Salzburg
    When: 15 April until the end of August 2019.
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