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Mark McCullagh

Associate Professor and Chair,
Department of Philosophy

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 expressions multiply embedded within the scopes of attitude verbs.

Recent publications:

Kinds of monsters and kinds of compositionality. Analysis, forthcoming.
Russellianism unencumbered. Philosophical Studies 174 (2017): 2819–43.
Scare-quoting and incorporation. In The semantics and pragmatics of quotation, edited by Paul Saka and Michael Johnson, 3–34. Dordrecht: Springer, 2017.

Full list of publications, with abstracts


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Dept of Philosophy
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON
Canada N1G 2W1

347 MacKinnon Bldg. This room is behind the departmental staff offices [directions]

Office hours
Winter 2018: Mondays 11:00 am–noon, Tuesdays 1:30–2:30 pm

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