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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


Professor Peter Lipton died suddenly of natural causes on the evening of Sunday 25 November 2007.

His funeral was held on 28 November 2007, and a memorial service was held on 2 November 2008.


Selected publications

'Science and Religion: The Immersion Solution', Realism and Religion: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives, edited by Andrew Moore and Michael Scott (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007): 31–46

'What Can Bas Believe?', with Paul Dicken, Analysis 66 (2006): 226–233

'Wouldn't it be Lovely: Explanation and Scientific Realism', Review Symposium on the second edition of Inference to the Best Explanation, with James Ladyman, Igor Douven and Bas van Fraassen, Metascience 14 (2005): 331–361

'Waiting for Hume', Impressions of Hume, edited by Marina Frasca-Spada and P.J.E. Kail (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005): 59–76

'The Truth about Science', Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 360 (2005): 1259–1269

'Testing Hypotheses: Prediction and Prejudice', Science 307 (14 January 2005): 219–221

Inference to the Best Explanation (London: Routledge, 1991; expanded second edition, 2004)

'Epistemic Options', Philosophical Studies 121 (2004): 147–158

'What Good is an Explanation?', Explanation: Theoretical Approaches and Applications, edited by Giora Hon and Sam S. Rakover (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2001): 43–59; reprinted in Explanations: Styles of Explanation in Science, edited by John Cornwell (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004): 1–22

'Genetic and Generic Determinism: A New Threat to Free Will?', The New Brain Sciences: Perils and Prospects, edited by Dai Rees and Steven Rose (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004): 88–100

'The Reach of the Law', Philosophical Books 43 (2002): 254–260

'Quests of a Realist', Metascience 10 (2001): 347–353

'The History of Empiricism', International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2001): 4481–4485

'Is Explanation a Guide to Inference?', Explanation: Theoretical Approaches and Applications, edited by Giora Hon and Sam S. Rakover (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2001): 93–120

'Inference to the Best Explanation', A Companion to the Philosophy of Science, edited by W.H. Newton-Smith (Oxford: Blackwell, 2000): 184–193

'Tracking Track Records', Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volumes 74 (2000): 179–205

'The Epistemology of Testimony', Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science 29A (1998): 1–31

'All Else Being Equal', Philosophy 74 (1999): 155–168

'Binding the Mind', Consciousness and Human Identity, edited by John Cornwell (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998): 212–224

'Cambridge Contributions to the Philosophy of Science', Cambridge Contributions, edited by Sarah J. Ormrod (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998): 122–142

'Is the Best Good Enough?', Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 93 (1993): 89–104; reprinted in The Philosophy of Science, edited by David Papineau (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996)

'Popper and Reliabilism', Karl Popper: Philosophy and Problems, edited by Anthony O'Hear (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995): 31–43

'Making a Difference', Philosophica 51 (1993): 39–54; reprinted in Revue Roumaine de Philosophie 38 (1994): 291–303

'Contrastive Explanation', Explanation and its Limits, edited by Dudley Knowles (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990): 247–266; reprinted in Explanation, edited by David-Hillel Ruben (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993)

'Causation Outside the Law', Jurisprudence: Cambridge Essays, edited by Hyman Gross and Ross Harrison (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992): 127–148

Peter Lipton