2024 Covey Award Winner: Johannes Lenhard

The International Association for Computing and Philosophy’s Executive Board has selected Johannes Lenhard for the 2024 Covey Award recognizing senior scholars with a substantial record of innovative research in the field of computing and philosophy broadly conceived. The board recognised Professor Lenhard’s significant contribution to our field over several decades.

Johannes Lenhard holds the Heisenberg-Professorship “Philosophy in Science and Engineering” at Rhineland-Palatinate Technical University, Kaiserslautern, Germany, starting in 4/2024. He received his doctoral degree in mathematics from the University of Frankfurt (1998), long before he wrote his habilitation thesis in philosophy at Bielefeld University (2012). How does using a computer change the methodology and epistemology of the sciences? How does computational modeling transform the use of mathematical tools? Lenhard’s research aims at tackling these questions in a way that speaks to philosophers, historians, and scientists alike. He articulates this aim in: “Calculated Surprises. A Philosophy of Computer Simulation”, New York: Oxford University Press, 2019. In May 2024, just in time for the IACAP 2024 conference, his book “Cultures of Prediction. How Engineering and Science Evolve with Mathematical Tools”, coauthored with Ann Johnson (1965-2016), will be published by MIT Press.

Professor Lenhard will present the Covey Award Keynote Address at IACAP 2024 conference in Eugene, Oregon, 8-10 July 2024. For more information see https://www.iacap.org/iacap-2024-call-for-abstracts-and-symposia-proposals-university-of-oregon/

Please join us at IACAP 2024 to congratulate Prof. Lenhard on this well-deserved award.