research

Below you'll find abstracts and links for some of my work. Click here for my philpapers page. 





The reference book

In this book, we rethink the semantic phenomenon of reference and the cognitive phenomenon of singular thought. Rejecting any special relation of causal or epistemic acquaintance, we explore a semantic account that unifies definite and indefinite descriptions with names and demonstratives. On our account, all four types of expression are specific existentials, each with its own presuppositional profile. We argue that many of the phenomena associated with reference are due to the covert use of singular restrictions on the quantifier domain. 

excellent... exemplifies today’s philosophy of language at its best
Tim Crane, Times Literary Supplement
one of the most important contributions to the philosophy of language of the past few years
Luca Incurvati, Analysis
a wonderful book
Barbara Abbott, NDPR
formidable... replete with ingenious and thought- provoking arguments and shows an extraordinary grasp of a wide and very complex literature
Mark Sainsbury, Philosophy
the upshot is a major reconfiguration of what has been known as the theory of reference, with ramifications for cognitive science as well as the semantics of natural language.
Gary Kemp, The Philosophical Quarterly

Symposium

In Mind & Language 2014 29(4), with four discussions:

And our response from that issue:












$35.00

A Guided Tour of Metametaphysics

in Metametaphysics (OUP, 2009).

In this introductory chapter,  sketch a taxonomy of positions in metametaphysics and present a tentative account of verbal disputes.

 

Critical study of Mumford’s Dispositions

Noûs, 39:179-195 (with John Hawthorne)

 

review of Correia's Existential Dependence and Cognate Notions

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 07.02.01

 

$36.66