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I: The Perils of Peacemaking II: The Terrors of Truth III: The Advantages of Arrogance IV: The Vices of Value

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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.


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. * Notre Dame Philosphical Review, Earl Conee *
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. * Network review, David Lorimer *
This small volume would make a great present. * Church Times, Adam Ford *
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. * Times Higher Education, Catarina Dutilh Novaes *
This is a serious book that is also a lot of fun. * Analysis and Synthesis Blog, Richard Baron *
What is perhaps most striking about this book is the dialogical format adopted...Tetralogue is a stimulating book. * Catarina Dutilh Novaes, Times Higher Education Supplement *
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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