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Markus F. Peschl

Universität Wien | University of Vienna

Study program director of MEi:CogSci Cognitive Science joint masters program

Study program director of the interdisciplinary program: Knowledge Creation & Innovation (Erweiterungs-Curriculum)

Co-founder and steering committee member of Cognitive Science Research Platform@univie

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Markus F. Peschl

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Department of Philosophy | University of Vienna

Philosophy of Science: Cultures and Technologies of Knowledge (Research Group)

Universitätsstrasse 7

A-1010 Wien

Austria / Europe

Tel: +43 1 4277 / 46424 | email:


Biography | Research | Focus of Interest

short biography Markus F. Peschl (*1965) is professor for Cognitive Science and Philosophy of Science at the Dept. of Philosophy, Research Group Philosophy of Science: Cultures and Technologies of Knowledge, University of Vienna, Austria. He spent two years at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD, cognitive science, neuroscience, and philosophy department) and 1/2 year at the University of Sussex for post-doctoral research. Furthermore, he studied philosophy for 1 1/2 years in France.
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His focus of research is on the question of knowledge (knowledge creation/innovation, construction, and representation of knowledge) in various contexts: in natural and artificial cognitive (neural) systems, in science, in organizations, in educational settings, as well as in the context of knowledge technologies and their embedding in social systems. The philosophical, epistemological, anthropological, technological, and cognitive foundations of the human person and his/her knowledge are at the center of his attention. He follows a radically interdisciplinary approach integrating concepts from the natural sciences, philosophy (of science), from the humanities, as well as from (knowledge) technology.

Working on the concept of “socio-epistemological engineering” he integrates concepts of knowledge creation/innovation, knowledge technologies, educational technologies (alternative approaches to [e-]/blended-learning processes, knowledge didactics, etc.) with epistemological and social aspects of knowledge creation, and social innovation/engineering. Furthermore, he works in the fields of interdisciplinary curriculum development (e.g., joint masters degree in cognitive science (MEi:CogSci), “studium generale”, etc.) and personality development for gifted students.

Currently he is working in the field of radical innovation where he developed the concepts of Emergent Innovation and Enabling Spaces.

M.Peschl has published 6 books and more than 80 papers in international journals and collections. For further information see:

theoretical focus, research, and background [Theory of] Knowledge and cognition:
  • knowledge creation, (radical) innovation, presencing/U-theory
  • epistemological and cognitive foundations of knowledge, knowledge generation, (philosophy of) science, knowledge management, social dimension of knowledge
  • relationship: reality—cognition—knowledge—science, constructivist approaches
  • anthropology of the human person and knowledge
  • unity of knowledge, integration of natural sciences, humanities, and philosophy

[Theoretical foundations of] Knowledge transfer/knowledge in educational processes:

  • alternative concepts/approaches in learning/teaching processes
  • knowledge oriented teaching, knowledge organization, "knowledge didactics"
  • integration of eLearning and knowledge processes, blended learning

Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning:

  • integration of organizational/collective and individual learning processes
  • foundations and methods of knowledge modeling and knowledge negotiation
  • theoretical foundations of presencing

High ability/ "Hochbegabung" and personality development:

  • transfer of "existential forms of knowledge"
  • the role of philosophy of science, philosophy, ethics, and values in personality development of talented/gifted persons
  • integration of cognition, emotion and personality in persons with high ability

Knowledge representation in natural and artificial cognitive systems:

  • neural basis of knowledge representation
  • computational neuroscience/connectionism, and knowledge representation, embodiment and situated cognition

Simulation and the process of knowledge/theory construction

practical applications and projects Knowledge transfer/organization in educational processes: knowledge didactics, knowledge oriented teaching/learning and e-Learning/blended learning [University of Vienna, Karg Foundation]

Knowledge Management/-organization and (radical) innovation: [University of Vienna & Linz]

Social engineering and community building: cooperative knowledge processes and virtual communities [ARC Seibersdorf, Sysis AG/three united mobile solutions AG, SAT (Smart Agent Technologies), IBM, Univ. of Zurich]

"Impulse-Seminars": concept development, theoretical foundations, and log-term evaluation of seminars for personality development for students with high ability [Karg Foundation (Frankfurt), Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Inst.f.Logotherapy (Tübingen), Sir Karl Popper School (Vienna)]

Empowerment processes, civil society, second order cybernetics, and knowledge management: [OENB]

Philosophical and pedagogical Counseling: concept development, curriculum development, pedagogical and organizational counseling for the process of introducing new technologies and media in teaching/training/learning processes

curriculum development
  • Personality development and giftedness/high ability: concept development of contents and methods for a 3-year curriculum for the integration of cognitive, emotional, philosophical, and ethical aspects of the human person (especially for persons with high ability) [Karg Foundation/Stiftung (Frankfurt), Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Inst.f.Logotherapy (Tübingen), Sir Karl Popper School (Vienna)]
  • "KnowledgeExperts": development of a transdisciplinary ESF (Eurpean Social Fonds) curriculum for knowledge technologies, educational technologies, and cooperative knowledge and content development [ESF, Univ. of Vienna]
  • International Interdisciplinary Cognitive Science Program (MSc) (MEi:CogSci): development of Middle European interdisciplinary masters program in cognitive science [ASoCS, Univ. Vienna, Budapest, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Bratislava]
  • "Duc in altum" study-program: 2-year curriculum; interdisciplinary integration of concepts from philosophy, the natural sciences, and theology
  • Austrian Society for Cognitive Science (ASoCS): Foundation of an Austrian scientific platform for cognitive science
  • Smart Agent Technologies Research Studio: member of the scientific steering committee of the Smart Agent Technologies Research Studio (ARC Seibersdorf, sysis AG/three united mobile solutions AG)
  • Expert group for strategic development of eLearning and didactics at the University of Vienna
  • CEEPUS II Network Coordination: Coordination of the CEEPUS (= Central European Exchange Program for University Studies) network (CII-AT-0103-01-0607) for Cognitive Science, Knowledge Studies, and Knowledge Technologies.

  • Austrian Cognitive Science Research Initiative: member of the expert committee for the coordination of an Austrian research and teaching initiative in cognitive science
  • Conference organizations: organization of several series of conferences: "New Trends in Cognitive Science" series; "Mind and Cognition" series
teaching experience & guest professorships
  • Teaching in the fields of: philosophy of science, cognitive science, theory of knowledge/epistemology, knowledge management
  • University of Vienna, Vienna University of Technology, Academy for Biomedical Scientists (AKH Wien, General Hospital Vienna)
  • University of Linz (MBA Knowledge Management), Danube University Krems (Professional MSc Knowledge Management)
  • Eötvös University Budapest, University of Ljubljana, University of Bucharest



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