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Professor Peter Simons

Chair of Moral Philosophy (1837) (Philosophy)

Peter Simons studied Mathematics and Philosophy at the University of Manchester, supervised by Wolfe Mays. There he co-founded, with Kevin Mulligan and Barry Smith, the Seminar for Austro-German Philosophy (1975-85). After working briefly as a librarian he became Lecturer in Philosophy at Bolton Institute of Technology (now the University of Bolton). He then moved to Austria and lectured at the University of Salzburg from 1980-1995, gaining his Habilitation in 1986 and being granted Austrian citizenship in 1988. Visits to the University of California, Irvine and the University of Texas at Austin were interspersed with teaching in Neuchâtel, Geneva, Fribourg, Berne and Innsbruck. In 1995 he was appointed Professor of Philosophy at Leeds. From 1989-2001 he worked as a consultant to the software company Ontek Corporation. In 2004 he was elected FBA, and in 2013 MRIA. He is married with two adult children, and his hobbies include walking, skiing, singing, and reading ridiculously thick and heavy history books.
  Applied Philosophy   History of anlytical philosophy   History of Philosophy   METAPHYSICS   Philosophy   Philosophy of logic and language   Philosophy of science   Wittgenstein
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American Philosophical Association
European Society for Analytic Philosophy
Österreichische Gesellschaft für Philosophie
Gesellschaft für analytische Philosophie
Salzburger Philosophische Gesellschaft
Internationale Bernard-Bolzano-Gesellschaft
Edgar Morscher and Peter Simons, Joint Ventures in Philosophy, 1, St.Augustin, Academia, 2014, 1 - 223pp, Notes: [Joint Essays. One essay is in German.], Book, PUBLISHED
Where It's At: Modes of Occupation and Kinds of Occupant in, editor(s)Shieva Kleinschmidt , Mereology and Location, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2014, pp59 - 68, [Peter Simons], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Metaphysics in Analytic Philosophy in, editor(s)Michael Beaney , The Oxford HAndbook of the History of Analytic Philosophy, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013, pp709 - 728, [Peter Simons], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Continuant Causation, Fundamentality,and Freedom in, editor(s)Sophie C. Gibb, E. Jonathan Lowe and Röngnvaldur D. Ingthorsson , Mental Causation and Ontology, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013, pp233 - 247, [Peter Simons], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Peter Simons, Vague Kinds and Biological Nominalism, Metaphysica, 14, 2013, p275 - 282, Notes: [DOI: 0.1007/s12133-013-0127-0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Four Categories - and More in, editor(s)Tuomas E. Tahko , Contemporary Aristotelian Metaphysics, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012, pp126 - 139, [Peter Simons], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Franz Brentano in, editor(s)Sebastian Luft and Søren Overgaard , The Routledge Companion to Phenomenology, London, Routledge, 2012, pp17 - 27, [Peter Simons], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
The Day Roosevelt was Assassinated in, editor(s)D. E. Wittkower , Philip K. Dick and Philosophy: Do Androids Have Kindred Spirits?, Chicago, Open Court, 2011, pp283 - 292, [Peter Simons], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Questions of Freedom in, editor(s)Richard Swinburne , Free Will and Modern Science, London, The British Academy, 2011, ppvii - xv, [Peter Simons], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Why Categories Matter: Grossmann and Beyond in, editor(s)Javier Cumpa , Studies in the Ontology of Reinhardt Grossmann, Frankfurt/Main, Ontos, 2010, pp191 - 210, [Peter Simons], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text

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Edgar Morscher, Otto Neumaier and Peter Simons, Ein Philosoph mit "Bodenhaftung". Zu Leben und Werk von Joseph M. Bocheński, 1, Sankt Augustin, Germany, Academia, 2011, Notes: [Editor and contributor (contribution listed elsewhere)], Book, PUBLISHED
Bocheński and Balance: System and History in Analytic Philosophy in, editor(s)Edgar Morscher, Otto Neumaier and Peter Simons , Ein Philosoph mit "Bodenhaftung". Zu Leben und Werk von Joseph M. Bocheńsi., Sankt Augustin, Germany, Academia, 2011, pp61 - 78, [Peter Simons], Notes: [First published in Studies in East European Thought 55 (2003), 281-297. ], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Ontic Generation: Getting Everything from the Basics in, editor(s)Alexander Hieke and Hannes Leitgeb , Reduction - Abstraction - Analysis. Proceedings of the 31st International Wittgenstein Symposium , Frankfurt am Main, Ontos, 2009, pp137 - 152, [Peter Simons], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Why there are no states of affairs in, editor(s)Maria Elisabeth Reicher , States of Affairs, Frankfurt/Main, Ontos, 2009, pp111 - 128, [Peter Simons], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Peter Simons, Analītiska filozofija: kādēļ tā ir vislabākā filozofija, 2008, -, Notes: [English translation of title: Analytic Philosophy: Why it's the Best Philosophy], Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED


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Kulturpreis der Stadt Salzburg 1986
Honorary Professor of Philosophy, University of Salzburg 1996
Fellow of the British Academy 2004
Member of the Academia Europaea 2006
Ph.D. (honoris causa), University of Bolton 2012
Member, Royal Irish Academy 2013
Metaphysics and Ontology: Pure (systematization, categories, nominalism, tropes, naturalism, emergence, quantities, ) Applied, to various disciplines (database design, manufacturing engineering, enterprise design, physical geography, music, ) Philosophy of Language and Logic (truthmakers, nominalist semantics, term logic, Lesniewskian logic, categorial grammar) Philosophy of Mathematics (abstraction, structuralism, numbers, sets, vectors, geometrical algebra) History of Analytic Philosophy (Bolzano, Frege, Whitehead, Russell, Wittgenstein) History of Philosophy and Logic in Central Europe (Bolzano, Brentano, Frege, Meinong, Husserl, Twardowski, Lukasiewicz, Lesniewski, Tarski)