Nietzsches Wissenschaftsphilosophie / Nietzsche’s Philosophy of Science

International Conference at the Technische Universität Berlin, July, 18.– 21. 2010

Keynote-Lecturers: Günter Abel (Berlin)

R. Lanier Anderson (Stanford) Babette E. Babich (New York)

Christian Benne (Odense) Tilman Borsche (Hildesheim)

Thomas H. Brobjer (Uppsala) Marco Brusotti (Lecce / Berlin)

Giuliano Campioni (Pisa) Maudemarie Clark (Hamilton)

Klaus Fischer (Trier) Ronald N. Giere (Minnesota)

Helmut Heit (Berlin) Andrea Orsucci (Cagliari)

John Richardson (New York) Richard Schacht (Urbana-Champaign)

Werner Stegmaier (Greifswald) Paul van Tongeren (Nijmegen)

Science in the wide sense of the German word ‘Wissenschaft’, covering the natural and the social sciences as well as the humanities, is one of the most significant and efficient features of modern culture. Nietzsche’s philosophical work counts among the most prominent and influential reflections on this modern culture and he always put special emphasis on ‘Wissenschaft’. From Nietzsche’s philosophical point of view, science on the one hand is a specific mode of constructing and defending knowledge-claims, which could be qualified epistemologically, but on the other hand it is a historically contextualized and socially relevant cultural technique. On the basis of these ideas, this conference focuses on the significance and current topicality of Nietzsche’s philosophy of science. Moreover, we would like to contextualize Nietzsche within the framework of his contemporary debates and investigate how his thoughts about “the problem of science” influenced the development of the 20th and 21st centuries’ philosophy of science. Therefore, we will have keynote-lectures and contributed papers on these four internally connected


1. Topicality: What would be Nietzsche’s contribution to current issues in the philosophy of science?

2. Reception: How were Nietzsche’s ideas adopted by philosophers of natural and social sciences and humanities in the 20th and 21st centuries?

3. Content: How should we understand central themes and motives of Nietzsche’s philosophy of science?

4. Context: What is the significance of Nietzsche’s reception of the sciences and contemporary and classical text for his philosophy of science?

Conference languages are German and English

If you want to contribute to this conference, please send a one page abstract of your paper and a brief CV to Dr. Helmut Heit: [email protected]

Deadline for contributed papers is Jan.,17th 2010.

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