Gerard Radnitzky

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Gerard Alfred Karl Norbert Maria Hans Radnitzky (born July 2, 1921 in Znojmo , South Moravia , Czechoslovakia ; † March 11, 2006 in Korlingen ) was a German - Swedish professor of philosophy of science .


Radnitzky graduated from high school in Znojmo. During the Second World War he served in the Wehrmacht's Air Force as a pilot, most recently on the Me 262 fighter-bomber . In April 1945 he deserted to Sweden, where he spent most of his life and acquired Swedish citizenship. He began studying psychology and statistics there , but did not finish it. Instead, he graduated from the University of Stockholm , the kandidatexamen (comparable to a Bachelor ) at the University of Gothenburg , the Licentiatexamen (one step before the doctor ) in applied philosophy and docent ( habilitation ) in the philosophy of science.

Radnitzky was a full professor for philosophy of science at the Ruhr University in Bochum and at the University of Trier . He was also a member of the Mont Pelerin Society . He was a supporter of Friedrich August von Hayek and Karl R. Popper . The German Society for Human Dying (DGHS) awarded the scientific theorist with the Arthur Koestler Prize 2004. He was also the recipient of the Adam Smith Prize awarded by the Danish Libertas Society in 2002.

Radnitzky was co-editor of the journal Enlightenment and Criticism and published there and in other specialist journals as well as in the paleolibertarian monthly magazine peculiarly free and the right-wing conservative weekly newspaper Junge Freiheit .

In his contributions there he lamented the “ guilt cult of the Germans”, the “Sudeten German Holocaust”, and referred to Churchill and Eisenhower as “war criminals and mass murderers”. According to his historical understanding, the Munich Agreement was the “correction of one of the mistakes of the Versailles Treaty ” and only the “ tenacious resistance on the Eastern Front ” would have saved “the edge of Europe from Soviet totalitarianism”.

Fonts (selection)


  • Do Ideas Matter? Essays in Honor of Gerard Radnitzky , Ed. Hardy Bouillon ( CNE , Brussels July 2001).

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Gerard Radnitzky: The damned 20th century. Memories and reflections of a politically incorrect. Olms, Hildesheim 2006, ISBN 3-487-08460-0 .
  2. Enlightenment and Criticism permanent editorial
  4. ^ List of authors ( Memento from March 15, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Junge Freiheit
  5. ^ The stupid thing about the Prohibition Act Der Standard from March 3, 2006.