I am Franz-Peter Griesmaier, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wyoming. I am originally from Stockerau, Austria, which is a small town of about 15,000 people, located some fifteen miles to the northwest of Vienna, Austria’s capital. Now my wife Ali and I live in Laramie, WY, which is a similarly small town of about 15,000 people during the summer; during the rest of the year, the students at UW boost the population to about 29,000.
After finishing high school in my hometown, I attended the University of Vienna to study philosophy, German, theater studies, and art history, but soon concentrated on philosophy exclusively. My early philosophical interests were in Nietzsche, Heidegger, and medieval philosophy. After joining a research group on Kant’s methodology (the part of the First Critique that nobody seems to read), I became very interested in the more technical aspects of philosophy, and soon I was studying logic, analytic epistemology, the philosophy of science (esp. the nature of scientific explanation), and the philosophy of mind.
Eager to expand my knowledge of contemporary analytic philosophy, I moved to the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1987 and received my MA degree in philosophy in 1988. After spending two and a half years back in Austria, where I worked, among other places, as a grant writer at the Vienna University of Technology Extension Center, I moved for doctoral studies to the University of Arizona, Tucson, and received my PhD there in 1997.
In the fall of that same year, I started my first real job as a visiting assistant professor at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, which I had for two years. During that time, I got married to Ali, who worked in video post-production in NYC, which is only a sixty mile trip from Easton, where my college was located. The next stop was a one-year stint at Lehigh University, also in Pennsylvania. Then, in 2000, I finally landed my current job at UW, which I love. Our department is small, but research active and very friendly. And Laramie is a great place to live in.
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