Nicholas Rescher
#6316 Overall Influence

Nicholas Rescher

American philosopher


Why is this person notable and influential?

German-born Nicholas Rescher is a professor of philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the Chairman for the Center of Philosophy of Science. Rescher came to the United States as a child, where he would go on to earn a degree from Queens College (in mathematics) before earning a PhD in philosophy in 1951 at Princeton University, at only 22 years of age. Rescher taught at Princeton until 1961, when he changed to the University of Pittsburgh.

Rescher’s influence can be appreciated merely by the volume of his bibliography; he claims authorial credit on over 100 books and 400 articles. To say the least, he is prolific. Rescher’s work draws on metaphysics and epistemology, and is associated with methodological pragmatism. To sum up loads upon loads of academic writing, Rescher basically argues for a practical and methodological approach (drawing on scientific inquiry) toward understanding and advancing the limits of our language. In the spirit of this approach, two major prizes have been named after Rescher. The University of Pittsburgh created the Dr. Nicholas Rescher Fund for the Advancement of the Department of Philosophy which awards the Nicholas Rescher Prize for Contributions to Systematic Philosophy (now known as the Rescher Medal); the American Philosophical Association in 2018 created the Rescher Prize for Systematic Philosophy.

For his work, Rescher has received numerous honors and awards, including the Humboldt Prize for Humanistic Scholarship, the Cardinal Mercier Prize, the Founders’s medal of the American Metaphysical Society, and fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, and National Science Foundation.

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Lehigh University
Lehigh University

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University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh

State-related research university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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#272 World Rank #43 USA Rank