Dr. Robert Frühstückl, M.A.

Doctoral Candidate

Abteilung Philosophie
Universität Bielefeld
Postfach 100131
33501 Bielefeld

Room X A4-238

Phone: +49 (0) 521 / 106 – 4586
E-Mail: robert.fruehstueckl@uni-bielefeld.de

Research Project

Epistemological and Normative Problems in the Operationalization of Biodiversity

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Ecology
  • General Philosophy of Science
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • History of Philosophy of Science, esp. Logical Empiricism and the Vienna Circle

As a historian I am also interested in the history of scientific institutions and their relation with politics and policy. In particular I have been working on the sciences in National Socialism and on the history of the University of Vienna in the first half of the 20th century.


Since 10/2020
Doctoral Candidate at the DFG Research Training Group 2073 Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research, Universität Bielefeld

2019 – 2020
Member of the board of trustees of the Research Institute Brenner-Archiv, University of Innsbruck

2018 – 2020
Official at the Austrian Ministry for Science, Education and Research

Doctorate in History, University of Vienna

04/2017 – 06/2017
Guest researcher at Goethe-University, Frankfurt/M.

10/2016 – 01/2017
Visiting Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

2014 – 2018
Research Assistant at the Department of History, University of Vienna

M.A. History and Philosophy of Science, University of Vienna

B.A. Philosophy, University of Vienna


Frühstückl, R. (forthcoming): Applications and applicability. Zilsel’s criticism of Carnap’s early view on protocol statements. In Nemeth, E.; Romizi, D. & Wulz, M. (eds.), Edgar Zilsel: Philosopher, Historian, Sociologist. Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook Vol. 25.

Frühstückl, R. (2019): Historical Traces of Austrian Mathematicians in the First Half of the 20th Century. Newsletter of the European Mathematical Society 114, 28–33.

Frühstückl, R. (2018): „Mitten in den Problemen der Wirklichkeit.“ Überlegungen zu einer Ideologie der angewandten Mathematik. In Feichtinger, J. et al. (eds.), Wandlungen und Brüche: Wissenschaftsgeschichte als politische Geschichte. Göttingen: V&R, Vienna University Press. 103–108.

Presentations and Talks

“On the values of the industrial mathematician”, Science as a Factory? Closing Workshop of the DK The Sciences in Historical, Philosophical, and Cultural Contexts, University of Vienna, Austria, 4-6 October 2018

“Mathematics in a new political environment – Changes and attempted change in Vienna, 1938-1945”, 7th International Congress for the History of Science, Prague, Czech Republic, 22-24 September 2016

“I have my reasons – Edward Craig on Testimony and Epistsemic Justification”, 34th International Ludwig Wittgenstein-Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria, 7-13 August 2011

“Rigidity of general terms – a case for essential properties?”, 9th Congress of the Austrian Society for Philosophy, Vienna, Austria, 2-4 June 2011

Organised Workshops and Conferences

“Thick Concepts in the Philosophy of Science“. Workshop organized by Birgit Benzing, Robert Frühstückl, and Simon Hollnaicher, Leibniz University Hannover, 03.-04.12.2021


  • Seminar (2021/22): Values in the Social and Environmental Sciences, Department of Philosophy, Bielefeld University
  • Seminar (2019): *Bullshit* and Philosophy (referring to Harry Frankfurt) (together with Elisabeth Nemeth), Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna (Lecturer)
  • Seminar (2014): Carnap, Cassirer, Heidegger – Michael Friedman on 20th Century Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna (Teaching assistant)


Early Career Grant of the European Society for the History of Science