Workshop on Williamson’s philosophy



5th (Wed.) - 8th (Sat.) October, 2016 

The Program for Logic, Mind and Methodology (LMM),

Department of Philosophy,

National Taiwan University, Taiwan



This will be a one-day plus workshop on Williamson’s philosophy, hosted by the Department of Philosophy, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, to be held during the joint conference of AWPL-2016 (the 3rd Asian Workshop on Philosophical Logic) and TPLC-2016 (the 3rd Taiwan Philosophical Logic Colloquium.


The Setting

The joint conference of AWPL-2016 and TPLC-2016 is organized by The Program for Logic, Mind and Methodology (LMM), Department of Philosophy, National Taiwan University, and is scheduled to be held 5-8 October 2016.

The aim of this joint conference is to strengthen the connection between logic and philosophy. In particular, we are hoping that more attention in further research will be paid to the philosophical perspective of logical study, and to the study of the construction, and application, of logical framework appropriate for not only conceptual analysis of philosophical concepts, but also theorization of philosophical doctrines.

In view of the substantial contribution that Professor Timothy Williamson has made in the last few decades to contemporary philosophy, the organizing committee has set as the first priority to organize a one-day plus workshop on Williamson’s philosophy during the joint conference. This project has been approved by Professor Williamson and more importantly he has accepted our invitation to come and join us on this special occasion.


The Core


This will be a one-day plus workshop on Williamson’s philosophy. Special attention will be paid to his five seminal books, including

  • Identity and Discrimination, 2d ed. (1st ed. 1990), Oxford: Blackwell, 2013.
  • Vagueness, London: Routledge, 1994.
  • Knowledge and Its Limits, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • The Philosophy of Philosophy, Oxford: Blackwell, 2007.
  • Modal Logic as Metaphysics, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.


The format


The workshop will contain at least 7 sessions:

  • 1st session (80-90 mins):
  1. A brief introduction (about 5-10 minutes) of Williamson’s contribution in the last few decades (by chair)
  2. A keynote speech (about 60 minutes plus 10-20 minutes for discussion) from Timothy Williamson (hopefully some result of his recent work)
  • 2nd-6th sessions: Each session (about 80-90 minutes) focuses on one of Williamson’s five books, and includes 4 parts:
  1. (3-5 minutes) An introduction to the book under discussion (by the chair)
  2. (30+30 minutes) One contributed talk by a local scholar + one talk by an invited speaker or international contributed speaker.
  3. (10-15 minutes) Williamson’s replies.
  4. (10-15 minutes) Discussion
  • 7th session (70-90 minutes):
  • (5-10 minutes) A summary from the chair
  • (30-40 minutes) a final response from Williamson (especially to the talks which are not included in the special workshop)
  • (20-30 minutes) discussions.

Date: Preferably, the whole second day and last two sessions of the third day of the joint conference. (Usually we organize the conference in a way such that there will be five sessions in a day).



1. Associated with each book, there is at least one session (two talks) containing a talk delivered by an invited speaker and at least one contributed talk to address some issues on the themes of that book.

2. To make this workshop more significant and more attractive, the organizing committee may invite some renowned scholars to focus on the themes of each book. So far we have:

Katalin Farkas (Central European University, Hungary, on themes from  Identity and Discrimination.)

Greg Restall (University of Melbourneon, Australia, on themes from Modal Logic as Metaphysics.)

Nike Smith (University of Sydney, Australia, on themes from Vagueness)

3. Extra contributed talks will be welcome. If the accepted abstracts for contributed talks on Williamson’s philosophy are more than originally scheduled, the Programme Committee will be very glad to put the extra ones in some other sessions before Williamson’s conclusion session so that Williamson may have some comments/replies to those speakers as well.

4. Announcement of this workshop will be highlighted in Call for Papers for the joint conference. And accepted abstracts for this workshop will be sent to Williamson for a final decision, if Williamson would like to do so.

5. A full length manuscript of a contributed talk on this workshop should be sent to the organizer by the 15th of September 2016, so that Professor Williamson can read it before the workshop.

6. The chair of each session should provide an introduction to, or summary of, the book (that session focuses on). It would be highly appreciated if the chair can offer a manuscript of such a brief description a couple of days before the conference so that Williamson may have a chance to look at in advance. We would be most grateful if such an introduction can be included in the proposed post-conference proceedings for this workshop. 

7. The workshop will start with a keynote speech by Williamson, followed by four sessions on the 6th of October, and will be continued by one more session on his fifth book and a final session for Williamson’s replies on the 7th of October.

9. The organizing committee will try to find some well-known publisher to consider the possibility of publishing a post-conference proceedings, provided this proposal is approved by Williamson.

10 A final remark:

Professor Williamson has thoughtfully promises to offer young scholars in Taiwan who contribute a paper to this workshop: a one-on-one tutorial/supervision to discuss their papers before the conference. Tutorial time will be scheduled in two afternoons before the conference. [The details will be announced in due course.]


Post/Update Time:2016-08-06 16:36:57