I am a philosopher at the University of Guelph, in the very pleasant
city of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
(It’s pronounced “gwelf.”) My academic training was at
the University of
Toronto and the University of
Pittsburgh where I completed my PhD under the direction of Robert Brandom.
- Fall 2017
- PHIL 4820, Philosophy Research Presentation
- Winter 2018
- PHIL 1050, Ethics, Knowledge, and Reality
In addition to chairing the department I am one of the (14)
Executive Editors of the Canadian
Journal of Philosophy.
I work in philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and epistemology.
Currently I’m working (in collaboration with Juhani Yli-Vakkuri) on the semantics and
pragmatics of distributed utterances: utterances that are (more than
usually) spread out in time or space, or made partly by one speaker and partly
by another. (The simplest example is a slow utterance of “Now I’m
starting my sentence, and now I’m finishing it.”) I am also
interested in the theory of concept possession, in particular the challenges to
it posed by the phenomena first highlighted in Benson Mates’s famous
examples of multiple embeddings in attitude verbs.
“Kinds of monsters and kinds of compositionality.”
Forthcoming in Analysis. [penultimate
“Russellianism unencumbered.” Philosophical
Studies 174 (2017): 2819–43.
“Scare-quoting and incorporation.” Forthcoming in
Semantic and pragmatic aspects of quotation, edited by Paul Saka and
Michael Johnson. Dordrecht: Springer. [penultimate
Full list of publications, with abstracts
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Dept of Philosophy
University of Guelph
Canada N1G 2W1
MacKinnon Bldg. This room is behind the departmental staff
Fall 2017: by appointment