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Constructing Reality / Realität konstruierend

Festschrift in Honor of Prof. Dr. Friedrich Wallner in Celebration of his 70 th Birthday / Festschrift für Prof. Dr. Friedrich Wallner zu Ehren seines 70. Geburtstages

Nicole Holzenthal

This collection of essays assumes the main thesis of Constructive Realism: reality is created. In this volume, it is constructed by authors from various scientific disciplines and very different cultures. The Festschrift is dedicated to the founder of this philosophical approach, Professor Dr. Friedrich Wallner (University of Vienna), in celebration of his 70th birthday.
Dieser Sammelband geht von der Hauptthese des Konstruktiven Realismus aus – wir konstruieren Realität. Hier wird sie von Autoren aus verschiedenen wissenschaftlichen Disziplinen und sehr unterschiedlichen Kulturen aufgebaut. Dem Gründer des philosophischen Ansatzes Professor Dr. Friedrich Wallner (Universität Wien) ist diese Festschrift anlässlich seines 70. Geburtstags gewidmet.
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Friendship is sometimes an accident, but that is great


I first knew Professor Friedrich Wallner not by his academic work, but by something quite personal. One day, around three years ago, I got an email sent from an Austrian professor. His name is Friedrich Wallner. In the mail, he invited me to join the conference concerning the application of Buddhist teaching to science and medicine. I do not know how my name was known by Professor Wallner. But that is not the point. The point is: that is the beginning of our relationship. I answered his email, saying that I was greatly honored receiving the invitation from him. After I learned what he needed from me in terms of academic contribution, I said to him I would like to talk about something highly interesting for me during this time. And that is the origin of my paper, Enlightened Life: Integration of Buddha’s Teaching and Biology, which later comes to be one among two keynote lectures of that conference.

Before going to Vienna to present my paper, I have searched for the information concerning Professor Wallner from the possible sources such as the Internet. I have found that his name is associated with a philosophical standpoint known among the circle of the philosophy of science as ‘constructive realism.’

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