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  • Bochenski and Balance: System and History in Analytic Philosophy 

    SIMONS, PETER (Academia, 2011)
    This paper praises, upholds and justifies the balance found in Bochenski's philosophical writings between a systematic interest in theoretical questions and a purely historical approach to philosophy. The drawbacks of the ...
  • Formalism 

    SIMONS, PETER (Elsevier, 2009)
    Formalism is a philosophical theory of the foundations of mathematics that had a spectacular but brief heyday in the 1920s. After a long preparation in the work of several mathematicians and philosophers, it was brought ...
  • Ontic Generation: Getting Everything from the Basics 

    SIMONS, PETER (Ontos, 2009)
    Properly executed, metaphysics consists in part of painstaking ontological detail and in part of grand systematic speculation. The distinction between these two aspects is not new: it is inspired by Wolff?s distinction ...
  • A Short Glossary of Metaphysics 

    SIMONS, PETER (Routledge, 2009)
    NOTE: Many of the words in this glossary have everyday meanings which are different from these. We give only the more specialized philosophical meanings. JOHNSONIAN HEALTH WARNING: like all glossaries and dictionaries, ...
  • Supernumeration: Vagueness and Numbers 

    SIMONS, PETER (Oxford University Press, 2010)
    After reviewing the principal and well-known defects of fuzzy logic this paper proposes to use numerical values in conjunction with a supervaluational approach to vagueness. The two principal ideas are degrees of candidature ...
  • Twardowski on Truth 

    SIMONS, PETER (The Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication, 2009)
    Of those students of Franz Brentano who went on to become professional philosophers, Kazimierz Twardowski (1866-1938) is much less well-known than his older contemporaries Edmund Husserl and Alexius Meinong. Yet in terms ...
  • Vague Kinds and Biological Nominalism 

    SIMONS, PETER (2013)
  • Vectors and Beyond: Geometric Algebra and its Philosophical Significance 

    SIMONS, PETER (2009)
    An account of the history and recent revival of geometric algebra (first invented in the 19th century but later sidelined by vector theory), together with reflections on its importance for the philosophy of mathematics.
  • Whitehead: Process and Cosmology 

    SIMONS, PETER (Routledge, 2009)
    Alfred North Whitehead (1861?1947) occupies a remarkable position in twentieth century philosophy. Though he co-authored the seminal Principia mathematica with his former student Bertrand Russell, and later supervised ...
  • Why Categories Matter: Grossmann and Beyond 

    SIMONS, PETER (Ontos, 2010)
    My copy of Reinhardt Grossmann?s The Categorial Structure of the World (CSW) contains the affectionate inscription ?To the Three Musketeers! With best wishes for their future adventures! R.G.? The other two musketeers ...
  • Why there are no states of affairs 

    SIMONS, PETER (Ontos, 2009)
    A state of affairs, such as that John loves Mary or that Gordon Brown is Scottish, is an entity which in some way corresponds to a true sentence, belief or judgement. Its correspondence is indicated by its being standardly ...