Hans-Joerg Rheinberger

Emeritus scientific member
Dr., Honorarprofessor für Wissenschaftsgeschichte an der TU Berlin, Dr. h.c. ETH Zürich, MPIWG Director 1997-2014
Residence:
since February 1, 2014
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The main focus of Hans-Jörg Rheinberger’s research lies in the history and epistemology of experimentation in the life sciences. By bridging the gap between the study of history and contemporary cutting-edge sciences, such as molecular biology, his work represents an example of transdisciplinarity as emerging in the present knowledge-based society. The Swiss-born scientist studied philosophy and biology in Tübingen and Berlin, Germany. He received his M.A. in philosophy in 1973, his Ph.D. in biology in 1982, and his habilitation in molecular biology in 1987. He was Assistant Professor at the University of Lübeck, Germany, and Associate Professor at the University of Salzburg, Austria. Since 1997, he has been a Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society and Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.

Hans Jörg Rheinberger has been a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin and of the Collegium Helveticum in Zürich. He is honorary professor at the Institute for Philosophy and History of Science of the Technical University Berlin, a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of the Sciences, a member of the Leopoldina, the German Academy of Natural Scientists, and a doctor honoris causa at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

 

Selected publications: 

Rheinberger, H.-J. (2016). Patterns of the international and the national, the global and the local in the history of molecular biology. In M. Merz, & P. Sormani (Eds.), The local configuration of new research fields: on regional and national diversity (pp. 193-204). Cham [u.a.]: Springer.

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Blum, A., Zschocke, N., Rheinberger, H.-J., & Barras, V. (Eds.). (2016). Diversität: Geschichte und Aktualität eines Konzepts. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann.

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Rheinberger, H.-J. (2016). Culture and nature in the prism of knowledge. History of Humanities, 1(1), 155-181. doi:10.1086/685064.

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Rheinberger, H.-J. (2015). Natur und Kultur im Spiegel des Wissens: Marsilius-Vorlesung am 6. Februar 2014. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter.

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Rheinberger, H.-J. (2015). Über den Eigensinn epistemischer Dinge. In H. P. Hahn (Ed.), Vom Eigensinn der Dinge: für eine neue Perspektive auf die Welt des Materiellen (pp. 147-162). Berlin: Neofelis Verlag.

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Rheinberger, H.-J. (2015). Kunststücke. Berlin: Alpheus Verlag.

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Rheinberger, H.-J. (2015). Curating the European University. In T. Arabatzis, J. Renn, & A. Simões (Eds.), Relocating the history of science: essays in honor of Kostas Gavroglu (pp. 357-365). Dordrecht [u.a.]: Springer.

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Ash, M. G., Carrier, M., Dössel, O., Frevert, U., Großmann, S., Grötschel, M., Kliegl, R., Peukert, A., Rheinberger, H.-J., Schmidt-Aßmann, E., Schimank, U., Stollorz, V., Taubert, N., & Weingart, P. (2015). Empfehlungen zur Zukunft des wissenschaftlichen Publikationssystems. Berlin: Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften.

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Rheinberger, H.-J. (2015). Epistemologia historyczna. Warszawa: Oficyna Naukowa.

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Rheinberger, H.-J. (2015). Die Farben des Tastens. Frankfurt am Main: Edition Faust.

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Rheinberger, H.-J. (2015). Re-discovering Mendel: the case of Carl Correns. Science & Education, 24(1), 51-60. doi:10.1007/s11191-013-9665-7.

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Rheinberger, H.-J., & Schöttler, P. (2015). Empirie vor Theorie: Leopold von Ranke und Hermann von Helmholtz. In S. Leibfried, C. Markschies, E. Osterkamp, & G. Stock (Eds.), Berlins wilde Energien: Porträts aus der Geschichte der Leibnizschen Wissenschaftsakademie (pp. 190-211). Berlin [u.a.]: De Gruyter.

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Rheinberger, H.-J. (2015). Difference machines: time in experimental systems. Configurations, 23(2), 165-176. doi:10.1353/con.2015.0013.

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Rheinberger, H.-J. (2015). Jean Brachet (1909–1988). eLS, 1-2. doi:10.1002/9780470015902.a0025069.

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Rheinberger, H.-J. (2015). Heidegger and Cassirer on science after the Cassirer and Heidegger of Davos. History of European Ideas, 41(4), 440-446. doi:10.1080/01916599.2014.981020.

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Rheinberger, H.-J. (2015). [Entry] 'Labor'. In J. Badura, S. Dubach, & A. Haarmann (Eds.), Künstlerische Forschung: ein Handbuch (pp. 311-314). Zürich [u.a.]: Diaphanes.

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Rheinberger, H.-J. (2015). Über die Möglichkeit einer allgemeinen Wissenschaftsphilosophie heute. In D. Ginev (Ed.), Critical Science Studies after Ludwik Fleck (pp. 101-113). Sofia: University press St. Kliment Ohridski.

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Rheinberger, H.-J. (2015). Experimentelle Serialität in Wissenschaft und Kunst. In O. Knellessen, G. Schiesser, & D. Strassberg (Eds.), Serialität: Wissenschaften, Künste, Medien (pp. 68-77). Wien [u.a.]: Turia + Kant.

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Rheinberger, H.-J. (2015). Preparations, models, and simulations. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 36(3), 321-334. doi:10.1007/s40656-014-0049-3.

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Rheinberger, H.-J. (2014). Preparations, models, and simulations. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, online, 1-14. doi:10.1007/s40656-014-0049-3.

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Rheinberger, H.-J., García-Sancho, M., González-Silva, M., & Jesús Santesmases, M. (2014). Shaping biomedical objects across history and philosophy: a conversation with Hans-Jörg Rheinberger. Dynamis: acta Hispanica ad medicinae scientiarumque historiam illustrandam, 34(1), 193-210. Retrieved from http://www.raco.cat/index.php/Dynamis/issue/view/20618/showToc.

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Rheinberger, H.-J. (2014). Zeit-Zeichen. In F. Haase, & T. A. Heilmann (Eds.), Interventionen: Festschrift für Georg Christoph Tholen (pp. 269-270). Marburg: Schüren.

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Rheinberger, H.-J. (2014). Introduction à la philosophie des sciences. Paris: La Découverte.

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Rheinberger, H.-J. (2014). In Vitro. In P. Geimer (Ed.), UnTot: Existenzen zwischen Leben und Leblosigkeit (pp. 68-79). Berlin: Kadmos Kulturverlag.

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Rheinberger, H.-J. (2014). Mit den Händen denken: ein Gespräch mit Hans-Jörg Rheinberger zur Innovationskraft von Experimenten [Interview von Heiko Roehl]. OrganisationsEntwicklung, 3, 11-14.

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