Journal for General Philosophy of Science

, Volume 49, Issue 3, pp 243–259 | Cite as

Nature, Science and Life in a Silent Universe: Bernulf Kanitscheider (1939–2017)

  • Andreas Bartels
  • Manfred Stöckler


With respect to his own person, Bernulf Kanitscheider never made a fuss. One exception is, however, the kind of intellectual biography figuring as an introduction to his writing Die Materie und ihre Schatten[matter and its shadows]. There, he reports on his childhood during the war and post-war period in Hamburg where his Austrian father was appointed meteorologist at the German Marine Observatory. He describes the influence of his mother who, as a physicist and biologist, introduced him to the exact sciences. At the same time, she was his partner at the piano when he started to learn playing the violin. School and university in the “ultra-catholic Tyrol”, where the family had relocated later on, were conservative and—as Kanitscheider writes—of a “clerically induced neo-traditionality”. Books from the domestic inventory such as those by August Messer and Walter Kranz about the history of Greek philosophy opened up new worlds of thought in which it was possible to think overtly in...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für PhilosophieUniversität BonnBonnGermany
  2. 2.Institut für PhilosophieUniversität BremenBremenGermany

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