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Workshop in Honour of Peter Simons

18th May, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Roger Emmet Theatre (Room 2037), Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

This workshop will honour the career and work of Peter Simons, recently retired from the Chair of Moral Philosophy (1837) at Trinity College Dublin. In his career, Peter has published 4 books, and over 250 articles and book chapters, as well as numerous book reviews and other pieces of writing. Peter’s research interest are truly eclectic, encompassing metaphysics and ontology (both pure and applied), philosophical logic, philosophy of science, and the history of philosophy and logic.

10 - 10.15 Paul O'Grady (TCD) Welcome and Introduction

10.15 - 11 Kevin Mulligan (Geneva) – ‘Infinitives, Neutral Essence and Fundamentality’

11.15 - 12 Carlo Rossi (Cambridge) – ‘Could Simons’ Continuants Be Extended Simples?’

12.15 - 1 John Heil (Washington University, St. Louis) – ‘Category Mistakes’

1 - 2 Lunch

2 - 2.45 Anna Marmodoro (Oxford/Durham) – ‘TBC’

3 - 3.45 James Miller (TCD) - 'Junky and Gunky Ontological Categories'

4 - 4.45 Peter Simons (TCD) – ‘A Metaphysical Trajectory’

Registration is free, but please confirm your attendance via e-mail to James Miller (

We would like to thank the Department of Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin, and the Trinity College Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Benefaction Fund for their support for this event.