Volker Peckhaus

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Volker Peckhaus (born July 8, 1955 in Düsseldorf ) is a German historian of science and philosopher who is particularly concerned with the history of logic. He is professor for philosophy of science and the philosophy of technology at the University of Paderborn . His working group is associated with the Heinz Nixdorf Institute as a specialist group.


Peckhaus studied mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University from 1976 , but switched to philosophy, history and German studies in Aachen in 1978 (master's degree 1984). From 1985 he was a research assistant at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg , where he received his doctorate in 1990 under Christian Thiel at the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Theory of Science and the History of Science ( Hilbert Program and Critical Philosophy. The Göttingen Model of Interdisciplinary Cooperation between Mathematics and Philosophy ). Then he was a research assistant at the Institute for Philosophy in Erlangen and from 1996 senior assistant. In the same year he completed his habilitation in philosophy ( logic and structure. Leibniz and the rediscovery of formal logic in the 19th century ) and became a private lecturer. In 2002 he was appointed associate professor. 2000–2002 he was professor at the Universities of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Essen and Paderborn. In November 2002 he was appointed to the Paderborn Professorship for Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Technology at the University of Paderborn . In 2003 he was appointed to the board of directors of the Heinz Nixdorf Institute and was on its executive board from 2006 to 2009. Since 2006 he has been the dean of the Faculty of Cultural Studies. Since 2011 he has been a member of the executive board of the Heinz Nixdorf Institute again.

Research priorities

In his research he works a. a. on the history of philosophy from the 18th to the 20th centuries, the history of formal logic and the philosophy of mathematics. He mainly deals with Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz , Ernst Schröder , David Hilbert , Oskar Becker and Ernst Zermelo .

Other functions

From 2004 to 2016 he was a member of the board of the German Association for Mathematical Logic and Basic Research in Exact Sciences (DVMLG) (from 2012 to 2016 Deputy Chairman) and since 2004 a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Society for the History of Science . He is editor of the journal History and Philosophy of Logic (2006–2009 with John W. Dawson). He is a member of numerous advisory boards and editorial boards of journals and series, including Historia Mathematica , Philosophia Scienticae , Philosophisches Jahrbuch der Görres-Gesellschaft , British Journal for the History of Philosophy . Since 2009 he has been a member of the interacademic Leibniz Commission of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences.


  • Logic, Mathesis universalis, and general science. Leibniz and the rediscovery of formal logic in the 19th century , Akademie-Verlag: Berlin 1997.
  • Hilbert Program and Critical Philosophy. The Göttingen model of interdisciplinary cooperation between mathematics and philosophy , Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht: Göttingen 1990.
  • Editor with Christian Thiel: Disciplines in Context. Perspectives of the history of disciplines , Fink-Verlag: Munich 1999 ( Erlangen contributions to science research ).
  • Editor: Oskar Becker and the philosophy of mathematics , Fink Verlag: Munich 2005.
  • Collaboration with Heinz-Dieter Ebbinghaus : Ernst Zermelo. An Approach to his Life and Work , Springer: Berlin / Heidelberg 2007.

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Board of the DVMLG