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Friedrich Stadler (born July 17, 1951 in Zeltweg, Styria) is an Austrian historian of science and philosopher of science, and professor for history and philosophy of science at the University of Vienna. He is also the founder (in 1991) and long-time director of the Institute Vienna Circle, which was also established as a Department of the Faculty of Philosophy and Education of the Vienna University in May 2011.
Stadler studied philosophy, psychology, education and history at the University of Graz and the University of Salzburg. In 1977 he obtained his Magister degree. After teaching at high schools for several years, he completed his Ph.D. in 1982.
Since 1989 Stadler has held teaching positions at the University of Vienna. In 1997 he became Associate Professor at the University of Vienna. Since October 2008 Stadler has been Professor for History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Vienna (joint appointment of the Faculty of Philosophy and Education and the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies).
Stadler’s main research interests are modern history and philosophy of science, intellectual history and exile studies, the history, theories and methods of the cultural studies, contemporary history of the Vienna University, and Austrian history of philosophy and science with a special focus on the Vienna Circle and Logical Empiricism. In this field his international expertise is documented by two books he has written (on Ernst Mach and on the Vienna Circle in German, English and Spanish) and his editorship of many volumes in connection with his activities as director of the Institute Vienna Circle.
He was involved in various research projects at the Institute for Science and the Arts and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History of the Social Sciences in Salzburg and Vienna.
In 1994 Stadler submitted a Habilitation thesis (venia docendi) in history of science and philosophy of science at the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies.
Since 2001 he has organized the yearly “Vienna International Summer University – Scientific World Conceptions” (VISU/SWC). He initiated the interdisciplinary Master studies program “History and Philosophy of Science” and is a member of the faculty of the Ph.D. program “The Sciences in Historical, Philosophical, and Cultural Contexts” at the University of Vienna. In 2009 he was elected president of the European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA). Since 2007 he has served as an assessor and advisor for the International Union for History and Philosophy of Science/Division of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science (DLMPS).
He is a board member of the journals General Philosophy of Science, European Journal of Philosophy of Science, Journal for the History of Philosophy of Science.
He is the project leader of research projects on the history of philosophy of science, of the Forum Contemporary History of the University of Vienna at the Department of Contemporary History, which he headed from 2001 to 2008 and where he is in charge of a commission investigating the history of the Vienna University on the occasion of its 650th anniversary in 2015. In addition, Stadler leads the scientific advisory board of the Austrian Society of Exile Studies.
Stadler was visiting professor at the Humboldt University Berlin (Department of Philosophy), the University of Minnesota (Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science and Center for Austrian Studies), and fellow at the University of Helsinki (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies).
In 2014 Stadler was awarded the Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria.