Humboldt Research Awardee at LMU
As the recipient of a Humboldt Research Award, philosopher Michael Esfeld (Lausanne University, Switzerland) has chosen to carry out a collaborative research project at LMU. His host is Stephan Hartmann, Professor of Philosophy of Science at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP).
Michael Esfeld is acknowledged as a leading exponent of philosophy of science, and has made noteworthy contributions to the metaphysics of science in general and physics in particular. Research on these topics is currently one of the most active areas in the philosophy of science. One of Esfeld’s major goals is to develop a rigorous methodology for the investigation of metaphysical issues. His approach is based on a re-evaluation of Natural Philosophy as a research field which combines physics and metaphysics, without privileging one over the other. During his stay at LMU, Esfeld plans to carry out a number of case studies drawn from physics with a view to illustrating how central postulates of metaphysics impinge on the interpretation of physical theories, and how such interpretations in turn modify and refine those metaphysical positions.
Michael Esfeld studied Philosophy and History in Freiburg, Lausanne and Münster, obtaining his doctoral degree in 1994. His postdoctoral research was done at the ETH Zürich. In 1997 he moved to the University of Konstanz, where he completed his Habilitation in 2000. In 2000 he was awarded a Heisenberg Professorship by the DFG for his contributions to research, and in 2001-2002 he served as Adjunct Professor of Epistemology, Philosophy of Science and Logic at University of Cologne. He was appointed to his present position as Professor of Epistemology and Philosophy of Science at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) in 2002.