Arthur Prior Centenary Conference

Tuesday 03 June 2014

The Arthur Prior Centenary Conference will be held at Balliol College, Oxford, on 21–22 August 2014, to celebrate the work of Arthur Norman Prior (1914-1969). Prior was a Fellow of Balliol and famous for his contributions to logic, ethics and metaphysics, but most of all he is known as the founder and principal inventor of modern symbolic temporal logic; for more details, see the conference website.

Students can sign up for participation on one of the two conference days. Please read more on the conference home page, where keynotes and titles of accepted presentations are now listed.

The two-day conference will concentrate on logical, philosophical, mathematical and computational research concerned with, or inspired by, Prior’s work. Accepted papers will (with the final approval of Synthese) be published as a special issue of Synthese.

It is being held by the Royal School of Library and Information Science, University of Copenhagen, and the Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University, in partnership with Balliol College and the University of Oxford. The organisers are:

  • Professor Dr Per Hasle, Director of 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)

Related websites:

The Virtual Lab for Prior Studies

This website (login required) serves as a portal to Prior’s papers in the Bodleian Library and elsewhere. Work is in progress to digitise and so make readily available on the web as much of Prior’s unpublished work – Prior’s Nachlass – as possible. The latest version of the VL-site will be officially launched at the Centenary Conference.

Foundations of Temporal Logic – The WWW-site for Prior-studies

This website is devoted to the Life and Work of Arthur Norman Prior (1914-69), the founding father of temporal logic. A special emphasis is placed on Prior’s papers in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. The site also supplies notes on some of the papers and an introduction to Prior’s life and work, including a curriculum vitae and a comprehensive bibliography.