I went to Stanford yesterday with a bunch of my colleagues for a relatively informal workshop put together by Johan van Benthem. In addition to the Berkeley and Stanford students, there were visitors from Amsterdam and Paris in town, so it was quite a nice chance to meet people working in formal areas of philosophy in a variety of locations. Because the people presenting were mostly Johan’s students and Branden Fitelson‘s students, there was an interesting mix of talks on dynamic epistemic logic and talks on probability. Future work to synthesize these two approaches to representation of uncertainty should be quite interesting.
It’s a shame that there haven’t been more interactions like this between the Berkeley and Stanford philosophy departments, but I guess it’s because we’re extremely far apart for two universities in the same metropolitan area. Anyway, it sounds like more such things will go on in future – and this was a great warmup for FEW!