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Peter Munz (12 May 1921 – 14 October 2006) was a philosopher and historian, Professor of the Victoria University of Wellington; among the major influences on his work were Karl Popper and Ludwig Wittgenstein.[1] Munz is one of two students who studied under both Popper and Wittgenstein.[2]

Born in Chemnitz, and educated in Germany, Switzerland and Italy, he emigrated to New Zealand in 1940.[1]


Major worksEdit

  • The Place of Hooker in the History of Thought
  • Problems of Religious Knowledge
  • The Origin of the Carolingian Empire
  • Relationship and Solitude: An Inquiry into the Relationship between Myth, Metaphysics and Ethics
  • Life in the Age of Charlemagne
  • Frederick Barbarossa: A Study in Medieval Politics.
  • When the Golden Bough Breaks: Structuralism or Typology?
  • The Shapes of Time: A New Look at the Philosophy of History
  • Our Knowledge of the Growth of Knowledge: Popper or Wittgenstein?
  • Philosophical Darwinism: On the Origin of Knowledge by Means of Natural Selection
  • Critique of Impure Reason: An Essay on Neurons, Somatic Markers, and Consciousness
  • Beyond Wittgenstein's Poker: New Light on Popper and Wittgenstein

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  1. ^ a b Price, Russell (11 March 2007). "Obituary: Peter Munz". The Guardian. 
  2. ^ Edmunds, D. and Eidenow, J. Wittgenstein's Poker: The Story of a Ten-Minute Argument Between Two Great Philosophers, 2001, page 13.