Michael Stöltzner has joined the University of South Carolina as an associate professor of philosophy in 2008. He has studied mathematical physics and philosophy at Tübingen, Trieste, Vienna, and Bielefeld. In 1995, he received an MSc in Physics from the University of Vienna, working in Mathematical Physics and completing a thesis on “Non-regular representations in QED.” In 2003, he obtained a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Bielefeld with a thesis on “Vienna Indeterminism: Causality, realism, and the two strands of Boltzmann’s legacy.”
He has held positions at the University of Salzburg (within a research group on the pluralism of scientific paradigms), the University of Bielefeld (within a research group on science in the epoch of the knowledge society at the now legendary Institut für Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung and the Institute for Science and Technology Studies at the University of Wuppertal. He has been a visiting fellow at the University of California at Irvine, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Vienna, the University of Bielefeld, and an Erasmus lecturer at the University of Prague.
Michael Stöltzner main areas of research are philosophy and history of physics and applied mathematics; philosophy of elementary particle physics; core principles of mathematical physics, among them the principle of least action; history of logical empiricism; the development of formal teleology; and the role of models and ceteris paribus laws.