Past, Present and Future
Arthur Prior (1914 - 1969) was a philosophical logician, best known for his invention of tense logic. He died 20 years before the first ESSLLI was held in Groningen in 1989, but his influence on contemporary modal logic and natural language semantics means that his presence can still be felt at these summer schools.
In this talk I will be examining Prior's logical legacy from the perspective of contemporary modal and hybrid logic. But my aim is not to chart exactly what Prior did and when, rather it is to sketch a partial outline of what the `logic' in Philosophical Logic meant to Prior, and to contrast this with its meaning in Logic, Language and Information. A Quixotic task perhaps, but along the way we will have good company, most notably that of Hans Kamp and Johan van Benthem, two logicians who have contributed so much to the way we understand `logic' in these summer schools. I'll leave younger ESSLLI participants to decide what this might have to do with the logic of tomorrow.
============ About ESSLLI:
The European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI) is organized every year by the Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI) in different sites around Europe. Under the auspices of FoLLI (the Association for Logic, Language, and Information), ESSLLI brings together logicians, linguists, computer scientists, and philosophers to study language, logic, and information, and their interconnections. The school hosts approximately 50 courses at both introductory and advanced levels, and brings together around 500 participants from all over the world. Along with the courses, ESSLLI hosts workshops and invited lectures, providing opportunities for in-depth discussion of current research.
Previous ESSLLIs have been held in Opole (2012), Ljubljana (2011), Copenhagen (2010), andBordeaux (2009). We are very proud to be hosting the 25th ESSLLI in Düsseldorf and we look forward to seeing you there!
Under the auspices of FoLLI (the Association for Logic, Language, and Information) and of the Vice President for Research and Innovation of the University of Düsseldorf.