I'm a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. My research interests centre around language, logic, and semantics. This includes interest in indexicality and context-dependence, intensional logic, two-dimensionalism, dynamic semantics, the semantics of names, variables, quotation, and epistemic discourse, and the semantic paradoxes. At a more general level I'm interested in issues in semantic metatheory, including the exact theoretical relationship between natural language semantics and the broader theory of communication.
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 Chalmers. I'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.
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