Hooking up to the world
May 24th 2001
From The Economist print edition
Knowledge and its Limits
By Timothy Williamson
Oxford University Press; 352 pages; $35 and £25
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NEWNESS in philosophy is rare. But this important book offers a boldly original view of the nature of knowledge. It would be disingenuous to suggest that “Knowledge and its Limits” can be fully appreciated without a substantial background in philosophy. But it would not be fair either to leave it to specialists.
Wykeham Professor of Logic
Philosophical Logic, Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics, Epistemology
Timothy Williamson (D Phil (Oxon), 1981) took up the Wykeham Chair of Logic at Oxford in September 2000. He was previously Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at the University of Edinburgh (1995-2000), Tutorial Fellow in Philosophy at University College Oxford (1988-94) and Lecturer in Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin (1980-88). He has held visiting posts at the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University (1990, 1995), MIT (1994), University of Canterbury, Christchurch (1995) and Princeton (1998). He is the author of Identity and Discrimination (Blackwell, 1990), Vagueness (Routledge, 1994), Knowledge and Its Limits (OUP, 2000) and Vagueness (with D. Graff), edited with an introduction (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002) and of numerous articles in the Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Review, Mind, Analysis, Journal of Symbolic Logic, Journal of Philosophical Logic, Notre Dame, Journal of Formal Logic, Studia Logica and other journals and collections. In 1997 he was elected Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.