University of Rochester

EVENT: Department of Philosophy hosts Graduate Conference on Epistemology

September 15, 2004

A renowned University of Oxford philosophy professor will be the keynote speaker for the University of Rochester Graduate Epistemology Conference on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24 and 25.

Timothy Williamson, whose most recent book has received acclaim for its new approach to epistemology, will speak at 5 p.m. Saturday in Room 2-110D of Dewey Hall on the River Campus.

This is the third epistemology conference organized and presented by the graduate students in the Department of Philosophy. Participants include graduate students from such schools as the University of Massachusetts, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Notre Dame. They will present their work on a myriad of topics in epistemology, or the theory of knowledge—a subject that attempts to explore and understand the nature of knowledge and its related concepts.

In his book Knowledge and Its Limits, Williamson presents a new conception of knowledge as a kind of mental state. Using models based on logic and probability theory, he explores a wide variety of philosophical issues including skepticism, the nature of evidence, and assertion.

Williamson is the Wykeham Professor of Logic at Oxford. An elected fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, he also has taught at the University of Edinburgh, Trinity College in Dublin, Australian National University, and Princeton University. His other books include Identity and Discrimination (1990) and Vagueness (1994).

Conference hours are 1:30 to 6:10 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. All presentations will be made in Dewey 2-110D. The conference web site is For more information, contact Christopher Tillman at