Alexander von Humboldt Humanities Prize, 1983. (Some three or four of these prizes, designed as Forschungspreis fuer Geisteswissenschaftler, are awarded worldwide each year under the auspices of the Federal Republic of Germany "in recognition of outstanding research accomplishments by humanistic scholars of international distinction.")


Medal of Merit for Distinguished Scholarship, University of Helsinki (Finland), 1990. (Two or three of these medals are awarded annually by this university to recognize outstanding contributions in different academic fields.) The award cited NR for "his innovative reexaminations of classical issues in philosophy from contemporary perspectives."


Chancellors Distinguished Research Award, University of Pittsburgh, 1990. (An award given periodically to a senior scholar on the university faculty who has a particularly distinguished record in research.)


Cardinal Mercier Prize (Prix Mercier) awarded to Rescher's Scholastic Meditations in 2005. (This prize is awarded worldwide biannually by the University catholique de Louvain, Belgium in recognition of an outstanding work of Catholic scholarship.)


Thomas Aquinas Medal, American Catholic Philosophical Association, 2007. (One of these medals is awarded annually worldwide as a lifetime achievement and to a distinguished Catholic philosopher.)


Medal of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesdienstkreuz erster Klasse), 2011. Awarded for contributions to philosophy and to German-American cooperation in this field.


Founder's Medal of the Metaphysical Society of America, 2016, (Awarded in honor of lifetime contributions to philosophy.)

Helmholtz Medal of the Germany Academy of Science (Berlin/Brandenburg), 2016. (Awarded in recognition of achievements in philosophical scholarship.)


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