Dr. Rudolf Meer

Institut für Philosophie I
GA 3/150
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum
GA 3/150
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Rudolf Meer defended his PhD with distinction on November 17, 2017. After a post-doc position at the University of Graz, he was a Marie Curie STAR fellow at the University of Siegen. Since March 2024, Rudolf Meer is the PI of the DFG-funded project Alois Riehl’s Critical Realism: Spatial and Temporal Foundations of Science (project number: 521640504).

Much of his recent work and work in progress centers on the history of philosophical ideas and philosophical analysis of science: especially on the sources of scientific philosophy. This work focuses here on finding links between the 18th and 19th century. In recent papers, he has examined the historical impact of Maupertuis’ principle of least action, the development of psycho-physical monism, a qualified realism based on Kant and the relationship between Mach and Riehl.

In addition to his 2018 book Der transzendentale Grundsatz der Vernunft, Meer has written many articles, details of which can be found here and in his ORCID-account. One of his most notable contributions to the profession is his editing work, in particular the special issues The Uses of Reason in Kantian Philosophy of Science in the journal Studies in History and Philosophy of Science and Kant's Transcendental Dialectic: A Re-Evaluation in the journal Open Philosophy. He is the editor of Alois Riehl's Philosophical Criticism (Meiner 2023), and co-edited the collection Kant in Österreich (de Gruyter 2021) and Konzepte der Einbildungskraft (de Gruyter 2019).

Meer has a very active speaking career, nationally and internationally. He has been a featured speaker at the Conference of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2021, 2024), an invited speaker at the Kant-Conference in Oslo, Vienna, Bonn (2015, 2019, 2024), and an invited speaker at multiple venues, notably the LMU, Trier Kant-Colloquium, and the KU Leuven. He has given about 40 talks overall.


Publications (selection) 




  • Since 03/2024: PI of the DFG-funded project Alois Riehl’s Critical Realism: Spatial and Temporal Foundations of Science (No. 521640504), Chair of Philosophy and History of Science, Ruhr University Bochum
  • 06/2023–03/2024: Marie Curie STAR Fellow, Department of Mathematics, University of Siegen
  • 11/2022: Max Kade Fellowship (awarded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences) for one year at Virginia Tech, USA
  • 03/2020–10/2022: Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for the History of Science, University of Graz
  • 12/2019–11/2021: Senior Researcher in the project Kantian Rationality and its Impact in Contemporary Science, Technology, and Social Institutions (No. 2019-220-07-5933), Academia Kantiana, Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University

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Monika Grautstück
GA 3/148

Institut für Philosophie I
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Universitätsstraße 150
D-44780 Bochum

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