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
Edited By Nicole Holzenthal
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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1. How did you learn to know Friedrich Wallner and the Construktive Realism?
It must have been in the early 1990th, when I studied Psychology. There had a course to be taken, called “Vorprüfungsfach”, two hours a week for one semester. I never found out what was the meaning of “Vorprüfungsfach” other than this course had to be taken before final examinations. Today I think this was a faint effort of the university to bring at least a little philosophical thinking to students of “sciences”, meaning “sciences of nature” or other studies except philosophy. In former times, as the University of Vienna had only five faculties (Roman Catholic theology, protestant theology, medicine, law and philosophy), all sciences of nature, but also all studies of languages, history, sociology, and psychology and so on where accumulated in the faculty of philosophy. Therefore the faculty of philosophy outnumbered all other faculties in respect to the number of students and staff. In those old times (still in the 1970th), there was no baccalaureate and slowly master-degrees were established. Studies in sciences could be finished only with a doctoral degree in philosophy (“PhD”), no matter, what the real study was. The final examinations were called “Rigorosum”, meaning a tough (rigorous) examination, and in the case of my first study two Rigorosen had to be taken: the first in the main subject of study, and the second one in...
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