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Nikolay Milkov
University of Bielefeld, Germany
Academic Year 2005-06
German Influences on Bertrand Russell's
Early Philosophy of Science (1896-1903)

University of Paderborn, Germany
2007 - present

Spring 2006
In the last ten years Nikolay authored two books on the history of the British analytic philosophy. In more recent time he studied the scientific-oriented philosophy in the nineteenth-century Germany. In Pittsburgh the focus of his attention is directed on the relatedness and the differences between the two German-speaking schools of exact philosophy in the 1930s, the Vienna Circle and the Berlin Society for Empirical Philosophy, and on the different philosophical movements they incited in the USA. In the Spring Term he also intends to work on the second edition of his first book KaleidoscopicMind.

Nikolay has wide interests in philosophy which also include formal ontology, philosophy of arithmetic, philosophy of music, as well as philosophy of history and social and political philosophy. In his spare time he uses to ride bicycle and to play soccer. He is also interested in politics and in exploring new cultures and languages.

July 2007
Two papers I presented at the Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science in 2005/6 were published/accepted for publishing:

“Mesocosmological descriptions: An Essay in the Extensional Ontology of History,” Essays in Philosophy, 7:2 (June 2006), pp. 1–19.

http://www.humboldt.edu/~essays/milkov.html  This is a paper I presented at the Visiting Fellows Colloquium on February 16, 2006.

Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Part A, 38 (2007) (forthcoming). I presented this paper at a Lunchtime Colloquium on October 18, 2005.

The paper Prof. Rescher presented at the Lunchtime Colloquium on September 9, 2005, "The Berlin School and Its Transatlantic Fate", inspired me to write a project on the history of the Berlin School for Scientific Philosophy.   That project just won the generous support of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation in Germany: I received a three-years full-time research position that starts on September 1, 2007.

Please also note that starting September 1, 2007, I will have a new address: Universität Paderborn, Institut für Humanwissenschaften: Philosophie, D-33098 Paderborn, Germany.

May 2012
I habilitated in July 2009 at the University of Paderborn, Germany.  In the Winter Term (January–April) 2012, I was “Bertrand Russell Visiting Professor” at McMaster University, Ontario.  In November 2010, I had a presentation at the Pittsburgh’s Lunchtime Colloquium, and in March 2012 invited lectures at McMaster University and SUNY at Buffalo.
Recent publications that can be of special interest for my Pittsburgh friends are:

Hans Reichenbach, “Ziele und Wege der heutigen Naturphilosophie und andere Schriften zur Wissenschaftstheorie, Herausgegeben, eingeleitet und mit Anmerkungen versehen von Nikolay Milkov, Hamburg: Felix Meiner, 2011, xliv + 162 pp., IBSN 978-3-7873-2149-0.

“Mark Wilson, Wandering Significance: An Essay on Conceptual Behaviour. Oxford: Clarendon Press,” Pragmatics & Cognition 20:1 (2010), pp. 188–95.

“A Logical–Contextual History of Philosophy”, Southwest Philosophy Review 27:1 (2011), pp. 21–30.

Details about other recent publications of mine, as well as about other presentations, are to be found on my website:



In 2015 I became (extraordinary/außerplanmäßiger) Professor at the University of Paderborn.

Some my publications in the last year:

“Carl Stumpf’s Debt to Hermann Lotze”, in: Denis Fisette and Riccardo Martinelli (eds.), Philosophy from an Empirical Standpoint. Essays on Carl Stumpf, Leiden: Brill, 2015, pp. 101–22.

“Frege and the Philosophy of German Idealism”, in: Dieter Schott (Hg.), Frege: Freund(e) und Feind(e), Berlin: Logos Verlag, 2015, pp. 88–104.

Die Berliner Gruppe: Texte zum Logischen Empirismus. Eine Anthologie, Herausgegeben, eingeleitet und mit Anmerkungen versehen von Nikolay Milkov („Philosophische Bibliothek“ Reihe, Band 621), Hamburg: Felix Meiner, 2015.

“On Walter Dubislav”, History and Philosophy of Logic 36:2 (2015), pp. 147–61.

“Walter Dubislav’s Philosophy of Science and Mathematics”, HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science, 6:1 (2016), pp.  96–116.

“William R. Woodward, Hermann Lotze: An Intellectual Biography, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015”, Metascience 25:2 (2016), pp. 1–4.

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