Peter Vickers

5% on the project: a member of staff with related research interests.

Peter Vickers completed his undergraduate BSc in Mathematics and Philosophy at the University of York in 2003. This was followed by an MA in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Leeds, completed in 2005, and a PhD in the history and philosophy of science, also at the University of Leeds in 2009. Following a year teaching at Leeds, Vickers spent a year as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, before returning to the UK in 2011 as a Lecturer in Philosophy at Durham University. He is the author of Understanding Inconsistent Science.

An important part of my recent research concerns ‘conceptual fragmentation’ – the way in which concepts originally thought to have a single meaning fragment, and come to have several different meanings (‘acid’ and ‘species’ being a prime examples). I am currently investigating this phenomenon in debates about emergence. A closely related issue is the distinction between verbal disputes and disputes of substance. I am also investigating the way this distinction plays out in debates concerning ‘emergence’.

Selected Publications

Vickers, P. (2013a): ‘Scientific Theory Eliminativism’, Erkenntnis. Online First DOI: 10.1007/s10670-013-9471-2.

Vickers, P. (2013b): Understanding Inconsistent Science. Oxford: OUP.