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Tetralogue: I'm Right, You're Wrong

Timothy Williamson (University of Oxford)



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Oxford University Press
15 January 2017
Philosophy; Philosophy: epistemology & theory of knowledge; Ethics & moral philosophy; Popular philosophy
Four people with radically different views meet on a train and talk about what they believe. Each starts off convinced that he or she is right; then doubts creep in. Timothy Williamson uses a fictional conversation to explore the philosophical debate over whether one point of view can be right and the other wrong. He invites the reader to decide.
By:   Timothy Williamson (University of Oxford)
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 195mm,  Width: 133mm,  Spine: 12mm
Weight:   154g
ISBN:   9780198777175
ISBN 10:   0198777175
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   15 January 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
I: The Perils of Peacemaking II: The Terrors of Truth III: The Advantages of Arrogance IV: The Vices of Value

Timothy Williamson was born in Uppsala, Sweden. He has been the Wykeham Professor of Logic at Oxford University since 2000. Before that he was Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at Edinburgh University, and also taught at Trinity College Dublin. He has held visiting positions in philosophy at MIT, Princeton, Michigan, Yale (from 2016), Australian National University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, National Autonomous University of Mexico, and elsewhere. His books include Identity and Discrimination, Vagueness, Knowledge and its Limits, The Philosophy of Philosophy, and Modal Logic as Metaphysics. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Member of the Academia Europaea.

Reviews for Tetralogue: I'm Right, You're Wrong

Tetralogue has an abundance of merits. It is lively and frequently incisive. It pursues several important philosophical issues efficiently and without remaining on well-trodden ground. It does not require any academic background. It could contribute usefully to undergraduate courses that address any of its topics. Earl Conee, Notre Dame Philosphical Reviews The reader can certainly appreciate the value of trained minds and clear thinking as the dialogue proceeds - this is an offbeat and engaging introduction to logic using generic examples to which many readers will relate. David Lorimer, Network Review This small volume would make a great present. Adam Ford, Church Times Tetralogue is presented as an accessible, fun-to-read introduction to philosophical themes for the non-initiated; at the same time, the initiated may enjoy seeing these topics embedded in apparently mundane discussions. Catarina Dutilh Novaes, Times Higher Education This is a serious book that is also a lot of fun. Richard Baron, Analysis and Synthesis Blog It is a valuable introduction to rich intellectual topics which await further exploration for those with an appetite for more. Matthew A. Benton, Marginalia

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