Swedish-born British philosopher Timothy Williamson currently holds the title of the Wykeham Professor of Logic at the University of Oxford, and is a fellow of the New College at Oxford. Williamson has also taught at places including Trinity College Dublin, the University of Edinburgh, the Australian National University, the University of Canterbury, and the University of Michigan. Williamson completed his BA in mathematics and philosophy at Oxford in 1976, and his PhD in 1981.
As an analytic philosopher, Williamson is best known for his work in philosophy of language and in epistemology. Williamson has advanced a position known as epistemicism, which focuses on vagueness in language. In this view, Williamson argues that vague statements all have a hard-cutoff point, but the point is impossible for us to know, which in turn makes vague statements so hard to evaluate. Further, Williamson argues that although we can make plenty of claims about qualities of knowledge, the concept of knowledge itself is unanalyzable.
Williamson was the president of the Aristotelian Society as well as the Mind Association, and is a fellow of the British Academy, as well as the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and holds foreign honorary member status with organizations including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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