Dr. Phillip Honenberger

17 May 2018 – 26 Jun 2018 guest at the ZfL

Postdoctoral Associate at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh (USA)


Phillip Honenberger studied music, philosophy, and the history of ideas at the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia before beginning graduate studies in philosophy at Temple University, Philadelphia. In 2013 he defended a doctoral dissertation on views of human animality and human uniqueness in Scheler, Plessner, Gehlen, and G.H. Mead. Since 2013 he’s held postdoctoral positions at the Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Dartmouth College, and the University of Pittsburgh. He’s currently funded by the US National Science Foundation for a historical study of the field »philosophy of biology« in the late 20th century.  

Research Interests

  • Philosophical anthropology
  • History of the philosophy of science
  • History and philosophy of science (especially biology)
  • History of modern European philosophy (Kant to present)


  • »Darwin Among the Philosophers: Hull and Ruse on Darwin, Herschel, and Whewell,« in: HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 8.2 (2018) (forthcoming)
  • Ed.: Naturalism and Philosophical Anthropology: Nature, Life, and the Human between Transcendental and Empirical Perspectives, London 2016
  • »Animality, Sociality, and Historicity in Helmuth Plessner’s Philosophical Anthropology,« in: International Journal of Philosophical Studies 23.5 (2015), pp. 707–729
  • »Grene and Hull on Types and Typological Thinking in Biology,« in: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 50 (2015), pp. 13-25