I'm an assistant professor in the philosophy department of Lingnan University.

Previously, I was a researcher in the Logic of Conceivability project at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation at the University of Amsterdam and at the Arché Research Centre at the University of St. Andrews. I received my Ph.D in June 2017 from the Stanford department of philosophy. My advisors were Johan van Benthem and Krista Lawlor.

I work on epistemology, logic, and related topics on mind, language and rationality. My research explores the interaction between knowledge, meaning and modality: Google Scholar, Philpapers, Academia.

I'm from South Africa. I studied mathematics and, later, philosophy at University of the Witwatersrand.

Reach me at: peterhawke AT ln DOT edu DOT hk

KNOWLEDGE AND KNOWABILITY

Truthmaker Semantics for Epistemic Logic

With Aybüke Özgün. Outstanding Contributions to Logic series, Kit Fine volume, eds. Faroldi and Van De Putte. Forthcoming. [Draft]

The Fundamental Problem of Logical Omniscience

With Aybüke Özgün, Franz Berto. Journal of Philosophical Logic 49 (4). 2020. (Online: 2019)

Knowability Relative to Information

With Franz Berto. Mind 130 (517). 2021. (Online: 2018)

Questions, Topics and Restricted Closure

Philosophical Studies 173 (10). 2016.

The Problem of Epistemic Relevance

PhD Dissertation, Stanford University. 2017.

SUBJECT MATTER AND ABOUTNESS

Theories of Aboutness

Australasian Journal of Philosophy 96 (4). 2018. (Online: 2017)

MODAL DISCOURSE

Semantic Expressivism for Epistemic Modals

With Shane Steinert-Threlkeld. Linguistics and Philosophy 44 (2). 2021. (Online: 2020)

Informational Dynamics of Epistemic Possibility Modals

With Shane Steinert-Threlkeld. Synthese 195 (10). 2018 (Online: 2016)

EPISTEMOLOGY OF MODALITY

Are Gettier Cases Disturbing?

With Tom Schoonen. Philosophical Studies 178. 2021. (Online: 2020)

Can Modal Skepticism Defeat Humean Skepticism?

Modal Epistemology After Rationalism, eds. Fischer and Leon, Synthese Library. 2017 [Draft]

Van Inwagen’s Modal Skepticism

Philosophical Studies 153 (3). 2011.

STRATEGIC ABILITY AND INFORMATION

The Logic of Joint Ability in Two-Player Tacit Games

The Review of Symbolic Logic 10 (3). 2017.