Dr. Bäck received his B. A.
in philosophy (Phi Beta Kappa) from Reed College, and his Ph. D. in
philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin. He has published widely
in such areas as the history and philosophy
of logic, ancient philosophy, medieval philosophy, and comparative
philosophy. His first book received a prize from VG–Wort. In 1999 he
received a Forschungspreis from the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung for his
research, and is occasionally in residence at the University of Freiburg.
He has also taken an American Philosophical Association Fellowship for the
Institute for Advanced Studies at Edinburgh University in Scotland.
Kutztown University has given him the Chambliss Research lifetime
achievement award. He also has some teaching awards, including one
from the World Taekwondo Federation. He is a Professor at Kutztown
University in Pennsylvania of philosophy where he teaches philosophy courses
and martial arts classes. He has taught at other schools, including Rice
University and Emory University. His
hobbies include the martial arts, cooking, shodo and
Bäck has written many articles and four books on a variety of
topics-including a recent one on Aristotle and Plato. He has been
awarded a Senior Humboldt Research Prize