Paul Hoyningen-Huene

Paul Hoyningen -Huene ( born July 31, 1946 in Pfronten ) is a German philosopher who is concerned in particular with issues of theoretical philosophy of science in connection to Thomas S. Kuhn and Paul Feyerabend, and with scientific ethics. He holds the Chair of Theoretical Philosophy, especially Philosophy of Science, at the University of Hannover and Director of the Center for Philosophy and Ethics of Science.


Hoyningen -Huene studied physics and philosophy at the Ludwig- Maximilians- University Munich, Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, and the University of Zurich. His degree in theoretical physics he earned in 1971 at the University of Munich. The doctorate in theoretical physics in 1975 at the University of Zurich, while at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Zurich ( 1972-1976 Armin Thellung ) was an assistant. He worked from 1975-1980 as an assistant at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Zurich with Hermann Luebbe. In the period 1976-1995 he held various positions as a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Zurich true within the subjects philosophy, sociology, biology, history, environment and psychology. From 1980 to 1998 was followed by teaching assignments for Philosophy of Science at the University of Bern. He was also from 1980 to 1982 Freelancer in television DRS for the series " People, science and technology ". From 1984 to 1985 he was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at Thomas Kuhn. From 1987 to 1988, Hoyningen -Huene Senior Visiting Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1988, a PhD degree in philosophy of science with a thesis on the philosophy of science Kuhn at the ETH Zurich. From 1988 to 1996 he was a lecturer at the ETH Zurich university lecturer in philosophy of science, and from 1989 to 1990 Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences at the ETH Zurich, where he was responsible for networking the scientific aspects of environmental problems with their social and humanistic aspects was ( " the humanities and social sciences environmental seminar" ). From 1990 to 1997 he had a job as a professor (C3) at the University of Konstanz for basic theory and history of science, especially the exact sciences.

In 1997 Hoyningen -Huene responded to a call on a C4 professorship as a founding director of the Central Institute for Philosophy and Ethics of Science ( ZEWW ) at the University of Hannover. In addition, he held visiting professorships and Representations in Switzerland and Norway ( 1999) ( 1980, 1987, 2010 and 2012), Yugoslavia ( 1989, 1990), Denmark (2000 1995). In 2001 he was elected a member of the Leopoldina.

In April 2010, the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Hannover was re-established under the direction of Hoyningen -Huene and ZEWW integrated as a subunit of the Center for Philosophy and Ethics of Science in the Institute. The Institute's research is primarily focused on topics of theoretical and practical philosophy of science.

Hoyningen -Huene has established relationships in the Far East. In March 2009, he lectured at the National Taiwan University and Soochow University in Taipei. He organized together with Sumei CHENG (Shanghai Academy of Social Science), the annual "Sino - German Symposium in the Philosophy of Science and Technology" (2011 at the Leibniz University of Hannover, 2012 at the Shanghai Academy of Social Science, 2013, the Shanghai University, in 2014 planned in Bielefeld ). By Jen- Jeuq Yuann ( National Taiwan University) he organized in 2012 at the National Taiwan University in Taipei, the conference " incommensurability 50 ".

In September 2013 Hoyningen -Huene was in the Scientific Commission " Ethics of Science " Leopoldina - elected National Academy of Sciences.

Work focuses on

The central focal point of Hoyningen -Huene is the general philosophy of science. He is particularly concerned with Thomas S. Kuhn and Paul Feyerabend's philosophy of science and incommensurability with the topic. With the book " The philosophy of science Thomas S. Kuhn. Reconstruction and basic problems, " he has presented an influential neo-Kantian interpretation of Kuhn, turns against irrational interpretations of Kuhn's philosophy of science. In addition, Hoyningen -Huene worked on the problems of reductionism, especially in biology, emergence, and to a theory antireduktionistischer arguments. He has dealt with a number of other topics, such as the mathematization of science, the philosophy of geography, the philosophy of the historical sciences, the technological use of the natural sciences, the social cognition of primates, philosophy Niels Bohr, the philosophy of psychology, with Kant's Prolegomena, the philosophical question of trust and the philosophy of football. His book " Systematicity: The Nature of Science " is devoted to the question of the nature of science (including the social sciences and humanities ) and develops the thesis that the characteristic feature of science that distinguishes it from other forms of knowledge, their higher degree is of systematicity.

In the field of science ethics Hoyningen -Huene deals with the topic of the responsibility of scientists and engineers.

At least two lexicon articles by Hoyningen -Huene their seriousness is regarding caution: " proliferation principle, philosophical ," in J. Mittelstraß (ed.): Encyclopedia Philosophy and Theory, Volume 3, Stuttgart: Metzler, 1995, p 361 and " X criterion ", in J. Mittelstraß (ed.): Encyclopedia Philosophy and Theory, Volume 4, pp. 791-792, Stuttgart: Metzler, 1996.


  • The mathematization of Sciences (ed., with an introduction ), Artemis, Zurich 1983
  • Why philosophy of science? Positions and questions to the current philosophy of science (ed., together with Gertrude Hirsch, with an introduction ), de Gruyter, Berlin 1988
  • The philosophy of science Thomas S. Kuhn. Reconstruction and basic problems, Vieweg, Braunschweig 1989
  • Reductionism and Systems Theory in the Life Sciences: Some Problems and Perspectives (ed., together with FM Wuketits ), Kluwer, Dordrecht 1989
  • Reconstructing Scientific Revolutions: Thomas S. Kuhn 's Philosophy of Science. Translated by Alexander T. Levine. With a Foreword by Thomas S. Kuhn. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2nd edition 1993. Google Books
  • Paradigms. Facets of a term career ( Salzburg writings on the law of state and social philosophy, Volume 17 ) (ed., together with a couple M. Fischer, with an introduction ), Peter Lang, Bern 1997
  • Formal logic. A philosophical introduction. Reclam, Stuttgart, 1998 ( ISBN 3-15-009692-8 )
  • Incommensurability and Related Matters. Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, vol. 216 (ed., together with H. Sankey, with a one ¬ line ). Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2001
  • Ethical Problems in the Life Sciences ( ed., together with a couple M. Weber). Heidelberg: Synchronous, 2001.
  • Formal Logic. A philosophical approach Translated by Alexander T. Levine. Pittsburgh University Press, 2004.
  • Rethinking Scientific Change and Theory Comparison: Stabilities, Ruptures, Incommensurabilities. Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science vol. 255 (ed., together with a couple Léna Soler and Howard Sankey ). Springer, 2008
  • The universal Leibniz: thinkers, researchers and inventors (ed., together with a couple Thomas Reydon and Helmut slope). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag 2009
  • Systematicity: The Nature of Science. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Selected Articles in anthologies and magazines

  • Hoyningen -Huene, P. 1992a. . " On the Way to a Theory of Antireductionist argument " A. Beckermann, H. Flohr and J. Kim ( eds.) Emergence or Reduction? Essays on the Prospects of Physicalism Nonreductive. Berlin: de Gruyter, 289-301.
  • Hoyningen -Huene, P. 1992b. "The Interrelations Between the Philosophy, History and Sociology of Science in Thomas Kuhn 's Theory of Scientific Development. ", The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 43 (4): 487-501.
  • Hoyningen -Huene, P. 1994 "At emergence, micro and Makro-determination./On Emergence, Micro -determination, and Macro -determination. " W. Luebbe ( eds.). Causality and attribution. Berlin: De Gruyter, 165-195.
  • Hoyningen -Huene, P., 2010, " Why Is Football So Fascinating? " Ted Richards ( eds.). Soccer and Philosophy: Beautiful Thoughts on the Beautiful Game. Chicago: Open Court, 7-22.
  • Hoyningen -Huene, P. (in press) "The Ultimate Argument against Convergent Realism and Structural Realism: The Impasse Objection. " D. Dieks et al. (Ed.): Recent Progress in Philosophy of Science: Perspectives and Foundational problem. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Oberheim, E. and P. Hoyningen -Huene. 2009th "The incommensurability of Scientific Theories ". EN Zalta (ed.): The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy ( Spring 2013 Edition) ( Online).

Presentations, lectures and interviews

  • Links to video recordings of lectures
  • Lecture Introduction to Logic
  • Lecture Theories and Methods of Research
  • Lecture Introduction to theoretical philosophy