University of Pittsburgh


Nicholas Rescher

Portrait of Nicholas Rescher

Department: Philosophy

Degrees: PhD, Princeton

Courses Taught: Logic, philosophy of science, history of philosophy; Aristotle; Arabic philosophy


Nicholas Rescher is University Professor of Philosophy. He came to the University in 1961, has served as chairman of the department, and is vice chairman of the Center for Philosophy of Science. Born in Germany in 1928, he is the author of more than 70 books on a wide variety of philosophical subjects, and has pioneered in the revival and refurbishing of the idealistic tradition in epistemology and metaphysics in the light of ideas drawn from American pragmatism.

In 1989-90 he served as president of the American Philosophical Association (Eastern Division). From 1969 to 1993 he edited the American Philosophical Quarterly. Honorary degrees have been awarded to Professor Rescher by Loyola University of Chicago, Lehigh University, the Argentine National University of Cordoba, and the University of Konstanz, as well as his alma mater, Queens College of the City University of New York. In 1983 he received an Alexander von Humboldt Prize awarded under the auspices of the German Federal Republic for distinguished scholarship in the humanities.

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