Arthur Prior Centenary Conference, Balliol College, Oxford, 20 – 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


 

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In honour of

Arthur Norman Prior
(1914 – 1969)

 

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Arthur Prior Centenary Conference

Balliol College, Oxford, 20 – 22 August, 2014

 

Visit the Prior Nachlass – papers and letters transcribed and made available on the net – nachlass.prior.aau.dk

 

A two-day Centenary Conference was held at Balliol College, Oxford, on 20 – 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.

 

A special issue of Synthese (Springer website) on the logic and philosophy of A.N. Prior will be published after the conference, in part based on the accepted presentations.

If you would like to contact the review chair and the editorial board for this special issue of Synthese, please e-mail Jørgen Albretsen, Aalborg University, jalb@hum.aau.dk

 

For future reference, the following information about the centenary conference is kept here.

Program:

Wednesday,
August 20
 
16.00-20.00 Informal gathering at Balliol.
Tea, coffee and biscuits, soft drinks such as elderflower pressé, will be served in the Fellows’ Garden on arrival.
Registration desk is open.
Thursday,
August 21
 
8.00-9.00 Registration desk is open.
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 (Chair: Per Hasle)
10.25-11.00
Break
11.00-11.45 Kit Fine: Prior’s Reductive Project in “Worlds, Times and Selves” (Chair: Jack Copeland)
11.45-12.30 Patrick Blackburn: Arthur Prior and Hybrid Logic (Chair: Jack Copeland)
12.30-13.30
Lunch
13.30-15.00

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

Lecture room 23
(Chair: Thomas Müller)
Old Common Room
(Chair: Adriane Rini)
David Jakobsen: Theology as an illusion somehow close to lifeFabio Corpina: The starting point of the research on tenses: Prior and Hamblin. Some missing documents
Zuzana Rybaříková: Prior on Aristotle’s Logical SquaresTim Fernando: Prior and Temporal Sequences for Natural Language
Aneta Markoska-Cubrinovska: Possible Worlds in “The Craft of Formal Logic”Bertram Kienzle: Prior’s notion of the present
15.00-15.30
Break
15.30-17.00

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

Lecture room 23
(Chair: Patrick Blackburn)
Old Common Room
(Chair: Niko Strobach)
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
 
8.00-9.00 Registration desk is open.
9.00-10.30

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

Lecture room 23
(Chair: Peter Øhrstrøm)
Old Common Room
(Chair: Martin Prior)
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 the Philosopher’s Special Objects: A Priorian Program
Woosuk Park: Where Have All the Californian Tense-logicians Gone?Ryan Christensen: Temporal Essence
10.30-11.00
Break
11.00-11.45 Hans Kamp: Priorean Tense Logic, Tense Predicate Logic and many-sorted Predicate Logic (Chair: Max Cresswell)
11.45-12.30 Jack Copeland: Prior and the History of Possible Worlds Semantics (Chair: Max Cresswell)
12.30-13.30
Lunch
13.30-15.00

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

Lecture room 23
(Chair: Max Cresswell)
Old Common Room
(Chair: Thomas Müller)
Peter Øhrstrøm & David Jakobsen: Prior’s Analysis of the Ontological Argument for the Existence of GodAdriane Rini: “Logic and the Basis of Ethics”: Its Early Reception and Its Place in Prior’s Thought
James Levine: Prior, Berkeley, and the Barcan FormulaAnthony Sudbery: Time, chance and the quantum
Michael Nelson: Things That Might Not Have BeenNiko Strobach: An angry young man
15.00-15.30
Break
15.30-16.30

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

Lecture room 23
(Chair: Adriane Rini)
Old Common Room
(Chair: Niko Strobach)
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
16.30-17.00
Closing session
(Chair: Per Hasle)
 
 
 

Note: Subject to change! (latest update: August 20)

Presenters’ list:

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

NameAffiliationTitle
(With link to the extended abstract (PDF)
where available)
Adriane RiniMassey University, New ZealandLogic and the Basis OF Ethics: Its Early Reception and Its Place in Prior’s Thought
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 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
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
Hans KampUniversität Stuttgart, GermanyPriorean Tense Logic, Tense Predicate Logic and many-sorted Predicate Logic
Hartley SlaterUniversity of Western AustraliaPrior’s Individuals
Jack CopelandUniversity of Canterbury, Christchurch, New ZealandPrior and the History of Possible Worlds Semantics
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 the Philosopher’s Special Objects: A Priorian Program
John FoxLa Trobe University, AustraliaOn Prior’s Fifth Sense
Klaus Frovin JørgensenRoskilde University, DenmarkHybrid Logic and ‘Now’
Kit FineNew York University, NY, USAPrior’s Reductive Project in “Worlds, Times and Selves”
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
Max CresswellVictoria University of Wellington, New ZealandPrior on the Semantics of Modal and Tense Logic
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
Patrick BlackburnRoskilde University, DenmarkArthur Prior and Hybrid Logic
Peter Øhrstrøm & David JakobsenAalborg University, DenmarkPrior’s Logical Analysis of the Ontological Argument
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
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: August 18)

Conference venue:

The conference will take place at Balliol College, Oxford.


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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, Senior Lecturer in 1949, and then Professor there in 1952. 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, Universität Konstanz, Germany

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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