Arthur Prior Centenary Conference, Balliol College, Oxford, 21 – 22 August, 2014
a joint project between
Royal School of Library and Information Science – University of Copenhagen
and
Department of Communication and Psychology – Aalborg University


 

 

In honour of

Arthur Norman Prior
(1914 – 1969)

 

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Arthur Prior Centenary Conference

Balliol College, Oxford, 21 – 22 August, 2014

UPDATE
 – One day fee for students – 
 – 40% reduction in conference fee for graduate and PhD students – 
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Registration for the conference – open for speakers as well as non-speakers – is NOW OPEN:

To register for ANP2014 – click here

 

A two-day Centenary Conference will be held at Balliol College, Oxford, on 21 – 22 August 2014, in order to celebrate the contributions of Arthur Norman Prior (1914-1969), and to showcase logical, philosophical, mathematical and computational research concerned with, or inspired by, Prior’s work. A lasting outcome of the conference will be a publication of the papers presented at Balliol.

Program:

Wednesday,
August 20
 
16.00-20.00 Informal gathering at Balliol (Details to follow)
Thursday,
August 21
 
9.00-9.10 Per Hasle: Welcome
9.10-9.40 Anthony Kenny: Opening address (Chair: Per Hasle)
9.40-10.25 Max Cresswell: Prior on the Semantics of Modal and Tense Logic
10.25-11.00
Break
11.00-11.45 Kit Fine: Prior – Some Reflections on his Legacy (Chair: Jack Copeland)
11.45-12.30 Patrick Blackburn: Arthur Prior and Hybrid Logic
12.30-13.30
Lunch
13.30-15.30

Parallel sessions – two streams – each presentation max. 30 min. Q&A incl.

Niko Strobach: An angry young manFabio Corpina: The starting point of the research on tenses: Prior and Hamblin. Some missing documents
David Jakobsen: Theology as an illusion somehow close to lifeTim Fernando: Prior and Temporal Sequences
Zuzana Rybaříková: Prior on Aristotle’s Logical SquaresBertram Kienzle: Prior’s notion of the present
Aneta Markoska-Cubrinovska: Possible Worlds in “The Craft of Formal Logic”Alex Malpass & Peter Øhrstrøm: Prior’s “Postulate Sets for Tense Logic”
15.30-16.00
Break
16.00-17.30

Parallel sessions – two streams – each presentation max. 30 min. Q&A incl.

James Doyle: Spurious egocentricity and the first personDavid Rey: Priorean Temporal Operators in Natural Language
Matt LaVine: Prior’s Thank-Goodness Argument ReconsideredUlrich Meyer: Tense, Propositions and Facts
Hans Götzsche: Temporal Logic and Occurrence Logic. Some Remarks in Honour of A.N. PriorJohn Fox: On Prior’s Fifth Sense
18.00
Dinner
19.30-19.50 Launch of Prior’s Nachlass

Peter Øhrstrøm: The Digital Edition of Prior’s Nachlass
19.50-20.10 Ann Prior & Martin Prior: First Things in Logic: Some Memories
20.10-20.15
Short break
20.15 Reception – hosted by Drummond Bone, Master of Balliol
Friday,
August 22
 
9.00-9.45 Hans Kamp: Priorean Tense Logic, Tense Predicate Logic and many-sorted Predicate Logic
9.45-10.30 Jack Copeland: Prior and the History of Possible Worlds Semantics
10.30-11.00
Break
11.00-12.30

Parallel sessions – two streams – each presentation max. 30 min. Q&A incl.

Seiki Akama, Tetsuya Murai, and Yasuo Kudo: Partial and Paraconsistent Approaches to Future Contingents in Tense LogicHartley Slater: Prior’s Individuals
Yoshihiro Maruyama: Prior’s Tonk and Proof-Theoretic HarmonyJames Van Cleve: Objectivity without Objects
Woosuk Park: Where Have All the Californian Tense-logicians Gone?Ryan Christensen: Temporal Essence
12.30-13.30
Lunch
13.30-15.30

Parallel sessions – two streams – each presentation max. 30 min. Q&A incl.

David Jakobsen & Peter Øhrstrøm: Prior’s Analysis of the Ontological Argument for the Existence of GodStacey Broom: “Logic and the Basis of Ethics”
Majid Amini: Prior’s Tonk and Goodman’s GrueAdriane Rini: “Logic and the Basis OF Ethics”: Its Early Reception and Its Place in Prior’s Thought
James Levine: Prior, Berkeley, and the Barcan FormulaFederico L.G. Faroldi: Ethical Copula, Negation, Responsibility Judgments: Prior’s Contribution to the Philosophy of Normative Language
Michael Nelson: Things That Might Not Have Been 
15.30-16.00
Break
16.00-17.30

Parallel sessions – two streams – each presentation max. 30 min. Q&A incl.

Anthony Sudbery: Time, chance and the quantumJack Woods: Prospects for a Modest Inferentialism
Klaus Frovin Jørgensen: Hybrid Logic and ‘Now’Giulia Felappi: I don’t expect your reaction to be ‘why fuss about these quirks of the vernacular?’. Non-standard accounts of propositional attitudes in Prior’s Nachlass
Tero Tulenheimo: Worlds, Times and Selves RevisitedMartin Pleitz: Solving Prior’s Problem with a Priorean Tool

Note: Subject to change! (latest update: July 21)

Authors list:

Ordered by the authors’ names, with affiliation and title of presentation.

NameAffiliationTitle
Adriane RiniMassey University, New ZealandLogic and the Basis OF Ethics: Its Early Reception and Its Place in Prior’s Thought
Alex Malpass & Peter ØhrstrømBristol University, England, Aalborg University, DenmarkPrior’s Postulate Sets for Tense Logic
Aneta Markoska-CubrinovskaUniversity of Canterbury, New ZealandPossible Worlds in “The Craft of Formal Logic”
Anthony SudberyDepartment of Mathematics, University of York, EnglandTime, chance and the quantum
Bertram KienzleUniversität Rostock, GermanyPrior’s Notion of the Present
David Jakobsen & Peter ØhrstrømAalborg University, DenmarkPrior’s Analysis of the Ontological Argument for the Existence of God
David JakobsenAalborg University, DenmarkTheology as an illusion somehow close to life.
David ReyLOGOS - University of Barcelona, SpainPriorean Temporal Operators in Natural Language
Fabio CorpinaUniversity of Cagliari, ItalyThe starting point of the research on tenses: Prior and Hamblin. Some missing documents
Federico L. G. FaroldiUniversity of Pisa/University of Florence, ItalyEthical Copula, Negation, Responsibility Judgments: Prior’s Contribution to the Philosophy of Normative Language
Giulia FelappiKing’s College, LondonI don’t expect your reaction to be ‘why fuss about these quirks of the vernacular?’. Non-standard accounts of propositional attitudes in Prior’s Nachlass
Hans GötzscheAalborg University, DenmarkTemporal Logic and Occurrence Logic. Some Remarks in Honour of A.N. Prior
Hartley SlaterUniversity of Western AustraliaPrior’s Individuals
Jack WoodsBilkent University, Ankara, TurkeyProspects for a Modest Inferentialism
James DoyleInstitute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, USASpurious egocentricity and the first person
James LevineTrinity College, Dublin, IrelandPrior, Berkeley, and the Barcan Formula
James Van CleveUniversity of Southern California, USAObjectivity without Objects
John FoxLa Trobe University, AustraliaOn Prior’s Fifth Sense
Klaus Frovin JørgensenRoskilde University, DenmarkHybrid Logic and ‘Now’
Majid AminiVirginia State University, VA, USAPrior’s Tonk and Goodman’s Grue
Martin PleitzUniversity of Münster, GermanySolving Prior’s Problem with a Priorean Tool
Matt LaVineUniversity at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY and SUNY College at Potsdam, Potsdam, NY, USAPrior’s Thank-Goodness Argument Reconsidered
Michael NelsonUniversity of California, Riverside, USAThings That Might Not Have Been
Niko StrobachWestfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, GermanyAn angry young man. A close reading of Arthur Prior’s contribution to social ontology
Ryan ChristensenBrigham Young University, UT, USATemporal Essence
Seiki Akama, Tetsuya Murai, and Yasuo KudoC-Republic, Hokkaido University, Muroran Institute of Technology, JapanPartial and Paraconsistent Approaches to Future Contingents in Tense Logic
Stacey BroomMassey University, New Zealand“Logic and the Basis of Ethics”
Tero TulenheimoCNRS – Savoirs, Textes, Langage & Department of Philosophy, University of Lille 3, FranceWorlds, Times and Selves Revisited
Tim FernandoTrinity College Dublin, IrelandPrior and temporal sequences for natural language
Ulrich MeyerColgate University, NY, USATense, Propositions and Facts
Woosuk ParkKAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST), KoreaWhere Have All the Californian Tense-logicians Gone?
Yoshihiro MaruyamaQuantum Group, Dept. of Computer Science, Oxford University, EnglandPrior’s Tonk and Proof-Theoretic Harmony
Zuzana RybaříkováPalacký University, Olomouc, Czech RepublicPrior on Aristotle’s Logical Squares

Note: Subject to change! (latest update: July 21)

A special issue of Synthese (Springer website) will be published after the conference based on the accepted presentations. All presenters at the conference will be asked to write a full paper for Synthese which will be published in the special issue if the recommendations of a peer review of the full paper are followed.

If you would like to contact the programme committee, please e-mail Jørgen Albretsen, Aalborg University, jalb@hum.aau.dk

 

Conference venue:

The conference will take place at Balliol College, Oxford. There will be rooms for up to 60 attendees available in College, at a discounted rate.

Conference fee:

  • Normal rate: DKK 3550

  • Graduate and PhD students: DKK 2130

  • One day fee (August 21 or 22) for students: DKK 375

The conference fee is primarily used to cover the following costs:

  • Launch of the new digital edition of Prior’s Nachlass.
  • Preparation of “Book of extended abstracts” on USB as well as other conference material.
  • Breakfast, Thursday and Friday.
  • 2 Course Buffet Lunch, Thursday and Friday.
  • Conference Dinner Thursday.
  • Renting meeting rooms (incl. water, mints and paper note pads for delegates).
  • Renting data projectors and screens.
  • Mid Morning and Afternoon Tea, Coffee & Biscuits, Thursday and Friday.
  • Keynotes.

Accommodation:

  • Accommodation fee: DKK 600 per night.
  • Please choose the number of nights you need accommodation. If you sort out the accommodation yourself please indicate “No accommodation”.

How to register:

  • Normal rate: Link to registration using credit card – click here


  • One day fee: Participation either August 21 or August 22 – for students only. Link to registration using credit card – click here


  • Graduate and PhD students: E-mail conference secretary Charlotte Hyldgaard, anp2014@hum.aau.dk, with information on: full name, title, university or other affiliation, that you register at the reduced rate, number of nights for accommodation (optional), and your e-mail address. Charlotte Hyldgaard will then e-mail you information on how to pay via bank transfer.

Deadlines:

  • For non-presenters: August 1st: Registration and payment.


  • For presenters of accepted extended abstracts:

Cancellation:

  • Before August 1st 2014: 50% of the conference fee and 100% of the accommodation fee are reimbursed.
  • August 1st till August 10th 2014: Only the accommodation fee is reimbursed.
  • After August 10th there will be no reimbursement.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the conference secretary Charlotte Hyldgaard, e-mail anp2014@hum.aau.dk.

 

Background for the Arthur Prior Centenary Conference

A. N. Prior was born on 4 December 1914 in Masterton, New Zealand. He studied philosophy in New Zealand in the Thirties and was a significant and often provocative voice in New Zealand theological debates at this time and also well into the Forties. In 1946, he became a lecturer in philosophy at Canterbury University College in Christchurch, New Zealand, and then Professor there in 1949. In 1959 he moved to a chair of philosophy at Manchester University, then he moved to Oxford where he became a fellow of Balliol College in 1965. Prior died on 6 October 1969 in Trondheim, Norway.

Prior contributed to the debates about numerous philosophical issues but is best known for his logic of time - or tense logic, as he himself preferred to call it, although temporal logic has now become the most common designation of the discipline. Prior established and developed his temporal logic from 1953 until his death in 1969. Within the last two decades, the importance of his achievements in temporal logic have been recognized, and Prior has found his place as one of the great logicians of the Twentieth Century. It has also been increasingly recognized that Prior made other highly original contributions, whose importance has been overshadowed by his invention of temporal logic. These include contributions to theology, especially the problem of predestination, and to the philosophy of ethics, and his invention of one of the most important disciplines in logic today, hybrid logic. The diversity of these contributions notwithstanding, one red thread runs through all Prior’s work: the study of time and its logic. (See more on Prior’s life and philosophy here: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/prior/)

 

The Virtual Lab for Prior Studies

A website for Prior Studies is available at http://research.prior.aau.dk. This website serves as a portal to Prior’s papers in the Bodleian Library and elsewhere, as well as supplying notes on some of the papers and an introduction to Prior’s life and work, including a curriculum vitae and a comprehensive bibliography. Work is in progress to digitize and so make readily available on the web as much of Prior’s unpublished work (his Nachlass) as possible. The latest version of the Prior site will be officially launched at the Centenary Conference.

The Virtual Lab for Prior Studies makes material in Prior’s Nachlass available (via login) to researchers who aim to contribute to the Centenary Conference. Researchers are most welcome to join The Virtual Lab for Prior Studies – http://research.prior.aau.dk.

 

The conference is supported by

Balliol College, Oxford University

and sponsored by

 • Ann Prior and Martin Prior, the daughter and son of Mary and Arthur Prior

as well as the following universities and private foundations:
The Royal School of Library and Information Science – University of Copenhagen University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand   Aalborg University, Denmark The Obel Family Foundation, Aalborg, Denmark

 

Conference web-site:

http://conference.prior.aau.dk

 

Conference programme committee:

Professor Dr. Per Hasle, The Royal School of Library and Information Science – University of Copenhagen, Denmark (General Chair)

Professor Dr. Jack Copeland, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand (New Zealand Chair)

Professor Dr. Peter Øhrstrøm, Aalborg University, Denmark (Program Chair)

Professor Dr. Thomas Müller, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Professor Dr. Thomas Ploug, Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark

Professor Max J. Cresswell, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Professor Patrick Blackburn, Roskilde University, Denmark

Senior Honorary Research Fellow Alex Malpass, Bristol University, UK

Senior Lecturer Dr. Adriane Rini, Massey University, New Zealand

Professor Dr. Niko Strobach, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany

Professor Dr. h.c. Hans Kamp, PhD, Universität Stuttgart, Germany

 

 
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