Chair of Philosophy of Science

Science and technology face a dramatic upheaval given that the enormous amounts of research data available today are no longer manageable without intelligent algorithms. What will be the role of scientific theory in the future? It is deeply rooted in modern logic, mathematics, computer science, and philosophy.

The Chair of Philosophy of Science therefore examines the foundations and consequences of digitization in several subprojects.


  • The project "Foundations of Proofs and Computation" by K. Mainzer with H. Schwichtenberg (Institute for Mathematics / LMU) and P. Schuster (Institute of Mathematics / University of Leeds / Verona) is linked to an annual international autumn school with logicians, mathematicians, computer scientists and philosophers (eg from Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Austria) connected.
  • The project "Data Analysis versus Theory" (with W. Pietsch) is a cooperation with the scientific commission "Digitized Society" of the National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) and the thematic network of the Academy of Science (acatech).
  • The project "Sensor Technology and the Human Experience" with W. Porod (Department of Electrical Engineering / Notre Dame) and L. Riek (Computer Science / Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values ​​/ Notre Dame) is funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF).
  • In the project "Sustainable Risk Management" with P. Wilderer (IAS / TUM), O. Renn (IASS / Potsdam) and M. Molls (Medicine / TUM), K. Mainzer coordinates the topic "Sustainable Risk Management of Robotics".