I'm a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Edinburgh (this is a permanent position analogous to assistant professor). My research interests centre around language, logic, and semantics. This includes interest in two-dimensionalism, dynamic semantics, the semantics of indexicals, names, and variables, and epistemic discourse, and the semantic paradoxes. At a more general level I'm interested in issues in semantic metatheory---issues at the foundations of natural language semantics. 

I did my Ph.D. in philosophy at the Australian National University. My dissertation project was on foundational issues in compositional semantics and context-dependence, under the supervision of David ChalmersI'm also interested in the traditional philosophical problems and so spend time thinking about various puzzles and paradoxes having to do with truth, time, knowledge, and minds.

In progress 
  • Reviving the parameter revolution in semantics, [w/ B. Pickel & J. Dever] (under review)
  • Monsters and the theoretical role of context [w/ D. Ball] (under review)
  • A bridge to postsemantics, Philosophical Topics, (in progress)
  • The myth of occurrence-based semantics [w/ B. Pickel] (in progress)
  • Introduction to the science of meaning (in progress)
  • How to Dummett a Frege-Geach (in progress)

  • The Science of Meaning (forthcoming), edited volume [w/ Derek Ball], Oxford University Press.


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