Polysemy and thought: Toward a generative theory of conceptsMind and Language 36 (1): 158-185. 2021.Most theories of concepts take concepts to be structured bodies of information used in categorization and inference. This paper argues for a version of atomism, on which concepts are unstructured symbols. However, traditional Fodorian atomism is falsified by polysemy and fails to provide an account of how concepts figure in cognition. This paper argues that concepts are generative pointers, that is, unstructured symbols that point to memory locations where cognitively useful bodies of informatio…Read more
The words we call slurs are just plain vanilla descriptions like ‘cowboy’ and ‘coat hanger’. They don't semantically convey any disparagement of their referents, whether as content, conventional implicature, presupposition, “coloring” or mode of presentation. What distinguishes 'kraut' and 'German' is metadata rather than meaning: the former is the conventional description for Germans among Germanophobes when they are speaking in that capacity, in the same way 'mad' is the conventional expressio…Read more
Two kinds of intentions: a new defense of the Simple ViewPhilosophical Studies 175 (7): 1767-1786. 2018.
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University of IcelandPrincipal Investigator
CUNY Graduate Center
Department of Philosophy
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