The 2005 Aquinas Lecture, Common Sense: A New Look at an Old Philosophical Tradition, was delivered on Sunday, February 13, 2005, by Nicholas Rescher, University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, where he also serves as Co-Chair of the Center for the Philosophy of Science.
Professor Rescher has served as a President of the American Philosophical Association, of the American G. W. Leibniz Society, and of the C. S. Peirce Society. He has recently completed his term as president of the American Catholic Philosophy Association and is president-elect of the American Metaphysical Society. An honorary member of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, he has been elected to membership in the European Academy of Arts and Sciences (Academia Europaea), the Institut International de Philosophie, and several other learned academies. He has held visiting lectureships at Oxford, Constance, Salamanca, Munich, and Marburg, and he has been awarded fellowships by the Ford, Guggenheim, and National Science Foundations. He is the author of some hundred books ranging over many areas of philosophy, over a dozen of them translated into other languages. He is the recipient of six honorary degrees from universities on three continents and was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Prize for Humanistic Scholarship in 1984.
Professor Rescher’s many books deal with wide ranging areas of philosophy, such as the theory of knowledge, metaphysics, pragmatism, philosophy of science and technology, ethics and value theory, social philosophy, philosophical logic, and meta philosophy. In the history of philosophy he has written books on Leibniz and Kant as well as other figures in medieval and modern philosophy. He also has nine books on Arabic and Greco-Arabic philosophy. His several hundred articles in learned journals reveal a similar breadth of interest and expertise. Besides these books and articles already in print there are another eight books in press as well as several more articles.