This piece, intended for non-specialists, is about Polish philosophy and logic in the period 1895-1939, a truly golden age. I wrote the original not for publication but as an essay for my 2002 Polish class at Leeds Metropolitan University, taught by Ewa Dambrowska-Pyrah. I have dug it out and added a postscript, in case anyone is interested.
Józef Maria Bochenski was a remarkable character: Philosopher, Priest and Pilot, as a memorial volume describes him. I meet him on several occasions and this memoir recounts some of the stories from and about him. This piece was also written for a Polish class.
Another piece written in 2005 for Lublin, in (as its title makes clear) the centenary year of "On Denoting". The promised Polish translation is still awaited nine years on, so here is the original until then.
Co-authored with the late Chuck Dement, this paper grew out of Ontek's engagement with the aerospace manufacturing industry and the conceptual problems they encountered when trying to keep electronic track of the parts of complex artifacts like aircraft. The work was partly supported by the United States Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and MAnufacturing Directorate, under contract F33615-95-C-5519.
A piece on the ontic factors underlying categories, this is a text for the Catholic University of Lublin, written in 2005. I was assured it would appear in Polish translation. Since that has yet to occur, and since I do not want to wait longer, here is the original. My thinking is still along these lines except for some details.
The Austrian School of economics is well known. Rather less well known is the value theory created by Austrian philosophers Brentano, Meinong, Ehrenfels and Kraus. This essay, written jointly with Reinhard Fabian (Graz) explores these figures and their relationship to the economists. Imprint: "The Second Austrian School of Value Theory". In: Barry Smith and Wolfgang Grassl, eds., Austrian Economics: Historical and Philosophical Background. Beckenham: Croom Helm, 1986, 37–101
The meat of Peter's MA Dissertation on Kierkegaard. Despite the existentialist subject, the treatment is indebted to Hampshire and Kenny, and is commonsense realist against Kierkegaard's truncated theory that only intentions and not results matter. Published 1976.
Paper based on a talk given in Switzerland in 1990. I "came out" as a logical atomist. Reference: Logical Atomism and its Ontological Refinement: A Defense. In: K. Mulligan, ed., Language, Truth, and Ontology. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1992, 157–179.
This paper was given at a conference on Wittgenstein at the University of Kent in January 2006. The paper was not considered worth publishing in the Proceedings, and I had no interest in expanding or changing it, so here it is as given.
Wittgenstein once said "Try saying 'bububu' and meaning "If it doesn't rain, I will go for a walk". Peter Hacker even claims the expression has insufficient articulation to mean that. I prove him wrong by inventing a hypothetical language developed in America by the descendants of shipwrecked Roman galley slaves. The linguistic point is serious: the history slightly less so. First published in 1990.