Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Areas of Specialization
Philosophy of Language
Areas of Interest
Philosophy of Language
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    Contextualism and the Principle of Tolerance
    Grazer Philosophische Studien 90 (1): 289-306. 2014.
    When we bring together certain plausible and compatible principles guiding the use of vague predicates the inclination to accept that vague predicates are tolerant is significantly weakened. As the principle of tolerance is a troublesome, paradox inducing principle, a theory giving a satisfactory account of the nature of vague predicates and accounting for the appeal of the sorites paradox, without recourse to the principle of tolerance is a worthy addition to the vagueness debate. The theory of…Read more
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    Future Contingents, Indeterminacy and Context
    Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 96 (2): 408-422. 2015.
    In Facing the Future, Belnap et al. reject bivalence and propose double time reference semantics to give a pragmatic response to the following assertion problem: how can we make sense of assertions about future events made at a time when the outcomes of those events are not yet determined? John MacFarlane employs the same semantics, now bolstered with a relative-truth predicate, to accommodate the following apparently conflicting intuitions regarding the truth-value of an uttered future continge…Read more
  •  54
    The No-Proposition View of Vagueness
    Grazer Philosophische Studien 93 (2): 179-195. 2016.
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    Vagueness and Practical Interests
    In Paul Egre & Nathan Klinedinst (eds.), Vagueness and Language Use, Palgrave Macmillan. 2011.
    In this paper we focus mainly on a kind of contextualism theory of vagueness according to which the context dependence has its source in the variation of our practical interests. We largely focus on Fara's version of the theory but our observations work at different levels of generality, some relevant only to the specifics of Fara's theory others relevant to all contextualist theories of a certain type.
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    The Role of the Sentence-Tokened
    Grazer Philosophische Studien 93 (3): 419-428. 2016.
    The purpose of this paper is to define the sentence-tokened—a product of utterance distinct from the act of utterance—and highlight the role that it can play in communication. In particular, the author will suggest that this entity is plausibly at the root of John MacFarlane’s motivating intuitions for the view that truth is assessment-sensitive. Here the author argues that the truth-value intuitions that MacFarlane uses to motivate his view can be accommodated within the Kaplanian semantic fram…Read more
  •  164
    Indexicals and utterance production
    with Dylan Dodd
    Philosophical Studies 150 (3): 331-348. 2010.
    We distinguish, among other things, between the agent of the context, the speaker of the agent's utterance, the mechanism the agent uses to produce her utterance, and the tokening of the sentence uttered. Armed with these distinctions, we tackle the the ‘answer-machine’, ‘post-it note’ and other allegedly problematic cases, arguing that they can be handled without departing significantly from Kaplan's semantical framework for indexicals. In particular, we argue that these cases don't require ado…Read more
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    The Utility of Content-Relativism
    Dialectica 68 (4): 563-579. 2014.
    Content- relativism is a semantic theory that states that the content of an uttered sentence can vary according to some feature of an assessment context. This paper has two objectives. The first is to determine which features a motivational case for content- relativism would display – what would a good case for content- relativism look like? The second is to consider cases that appear to have the required features and evaluate their prospects as motivational cases. I identify two varieties of mo…Read more
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    When David Kaplan put forward his theory of sentence truth incorporating demonstratives, initially proposed in ‘Dthat’ and later developed in ‘Demonstratives’ and ‘Afterthoughts’, it was, to his mind, simply a matter of book-keeping, a job that had been pushed aside as a complication when a truth conditional semantics had been proposed. The challenges considered in this thesis are challenges to the effect that Kaplan’s theory of sentence truth is, for one reason or another, inadequate. My overar…Read more