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Prof Timothy Williamson

Wykeham Professor of Logic

timothy.williamson@philosophy.ox.ac.uk

New College
Oxford OX1 3BN

Timothy Williamson has been the Wykeham Professor of Logic at Oxford since 2000. His main research interests are in philosophical logic, epistemology, metaphysics and philosophy of language. He is the author of Identity and Discrimination (Blackwell 1990, updated edition 2013), Vagueness (Routledge 1994), Knowledge and its Limits (Oxford 2000), The Philosophy of Philosophy (Blackwell 2007), Modal Logic as Metaphysics (Oxford 2013), and over 180 articles. Williamson on Knowledge, edited by Patrick Greenough and Duncan Pritchard (Oxford 2009) contains fifteen critical essays on his work and his replies.

 Tim Williamson

Professor Williamson was born in Uppsala, Sweden, in 1955. After an undergraduate degree in mathematics and philosophy and a doctorate in philosophy, both at Oxford, he was a lecturer in philosophy at Trinity College Dublin, a fellow and tutor at University College Oxford, and Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at the University of Edinburgh. He has been a visiting professor at MIT and Princeton, a visiting fellow at the Australian National University and the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), a visiting scholar at the centre for advanced study in Oslo, a Nelson distinguished professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a Townsend Visitor at Berkeley and Tang Chun-I visiting professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Professor Williamson gave a Henriette Hertz lecture at the British Academy in 1996, the 1998 Weatherhead Lecture in Philosophy of Language at Tulane, the 2001 Jacobsen Lecture in London, the 2004 Skolem Lecture in Oslo, the 2005 Jack Smart Lecture in Canberra, the 2005 Blackwell Brown Lectures at Brown University, the 2006 Wedberg Lectures in Stockholm, the 2006 Gaos Lectures in Mexico City, the Hempel Lectures at Princeton in 2006, the 2009 Amherst Lecture in Philosophy, the 2010 Mesthene Lecture at Rutgers, the 2012 Ortlieb Lecture at Claremont, the 2012 Petrus Hispanus Lectures in Lisbon, the 2012 George Myro Lecture at Berkeley, and the 2013 Hägerstrom Lectures in Uppsala. He will give the 2013 Kim Young-Jung Lectures at Seoul National University. For 2009-12 he held a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship. He has been President of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association and is Vice-President of the British Logic Colloquium and a fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a foreign member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, a member of the Academia Europaea, and a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is currently the annual Nelson Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Timothy Williamson is married to a pianist, Ana Mladenoviċ Williamson. His three children are Alice, Conrad and Arno.

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Papers

'Knowing by imagining' (added 10.07.2013)

'Gettier Cases in Epistemic Logic' (added 26.10.2012)

'Review of Joshua Alexander, Experimental Philosophy' (added 24.09.2012)

'How deep is the distinction between a priori and a posteriori knowledge?'(added 12.12.2011)

'Philosophical expertise and the burden of proof' (added 02.12.2010)

'Very improbable knowing' (added 02.12.2010)

'Necessitism, contingentism and plural quantification' (added 02.12.2010)

'Logic, metalogic and neutrality' (added 02.12.2010)

'Probability and Danger' (added 26.10.2009)

'Barcan Formulas in Second-Order Modal Logic' (added 03.07.2009)

'Conditionals and Actuality' (added 01.10.2008)

'Reply to John Hawthorne and Maria Lasonen-Aarnio' (added 01.10.2008)

'How Probable is an Infinite Sequence of Heads?' (added 29.06.2007)

'Absolute Identity and Absolute Generality' (added 28.06.2006)

'Why Epistemology Can't be Operationalized' (added 21.06.2006)

'Philosophical Knowledge and Knowledge of Counterfactuals' (added 19.06.2006)

'Stalnaker on the Interaction of Modality with Quantification and Identity' (added 02.02.2006)

'Conceptual Truth' (added 02.02.2006)

'Reference, Inference and the Semantics of Pejoratives' (added 30.01.2006)

'Indicative versus Subjunctive Conditionals, Congruential versus Non-Hyperintensional Contexts' (added 30.01.2006)

'Tennantís Troubles' (added 30.01.2006)

(with Igor Douven) 'Generalizing the Lottery Paradox' (added 30.01.2006)

'Conditional Excluded Middle in Systems of Consequential Implication' (added 30.01.2006)

'On Being Justified in Oneís Head' (added 27.04.2005)

'Probabilistic Anti-Luminosity' (deleted; see 'Why Epistemology Can't be Operationalized' above for new version)

'Armchair Philosophy, Metaphysical Modality and Counterfactual Thinking' (restored 24.05.2005)

'Knowledge, Context and the Agent's Point of View' (restored 24.05.2005)

'Counterparts and Actuality'

'Contextualism, subject-sensitive invariantism and knowledge of knowledge'

'Can Cognition be Factorised into Internal and External Components?'

'Must Do Better'

'Replies to Commentators (Philosophy and Phenomenological Research)'

'Philosophical 'Intuitions' and Scepticism about Judgement

'Understanding and Inference'

'Vagueness in Reality'

'Past the Linguistic Turn'

'Knowledge and Scepticism'

'Everything'

'Some computational constraints in epistemic logic'

'Necessary existents'

'Sosa on abilities, concepts and externalism'

'Truth, falsity and borderline cases'

'Replies to Commentators (Philosophical Books)' (no longer available)

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