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College Photo Name Simons, Peter
Main Department Philosophy
College Title Chair of Moral Philosophy (1837)
College Tel +353 1 896 1671
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.
Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
American Philosophical Association
European Society for Analytic Philosophy
Österreichische Gesellschaft für Philosophie
Gesellschaft für analytische Philosophie
Salzburger Philosophische Gesellschaft
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Awards and Honours
Award Date
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
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Description of Research Interests
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)
Research Interests
Applied Philosophy History of Philosophy History of anlytical philosophy METAPHYSICS
Philosophy Philosophy of logic and language Philosophy of science Wittgenstein
Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Whitehead: Process and Cosmology in, editor(s)Robin Le Poidevin, Peter Simons, Andrew McGonigal and Ross Cameron , Routledge Companion to Metaphysics, London, Routledge, 2009, pp181 - 190, [Peter Simons]
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The Monist, 92, 3, (2009), Peter Simons and Sir Duncan Michael, [Guest Editors]
Notes: [Issue Topic: Philosophy and Engineering]
Peter Simons and Vasilis Agouridas, Antecedence and Consequence in Design Rationale Systems, Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing, 22, 2008, p375 - 386
Peter Simons, Parts. A Study in Ontology, 1, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1987, 1 - 390pp
Notes: [This text was the author's Habilitationsschrift at the University of Salzburg, 1986. It shared the City of Salzburg's Cultural Prize for that year.]
Non Peer Reviewed
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]
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