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

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 did my Ph.D at Stanford under 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. I've written about knowledge and knowability [KK]; subject matter and aboutness [SM]; modal discourse [MD]; epistemology of modality [EM]; and strategic ability and information [SI].

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

Reach me at: peterhawke AT ln DOT edu DOT hk


[KK/MD/SM] Modal Knowledge For Expressivists Journal of Philosophical Logic. Forthcoming.

[KK/MD] Stable Acceptance for Mighty Knowledge Philosophical Studies. Forthcoming.

[SM] Truth, Topicality, and Transparency: One-Component vs Two-Component Semantics With Levin Hornischer, Franz Berto. Linguistics and Philosophy. Forthcoming.

[MD] An Acceptance Semantics for Stable Modal Knowledge Proceedings of TARK XIX, Oxford. 2023.

[KK] Relevant Alternatives and Missed Clues: Redux The Journal of Philosophy. Forthcoming.

[KK] Truthmaker Semantics for Epistemic Logic With Aybüke Özgün. Kit Fine on Truthmakers, Relevance and Non-classical Logic,. eds. Faroldi and Van De Putte. Outstanding Contributions to Logic. Springer Verlag. 2023. [Preprint]

[SM] Two-Component Semantics With Franz Berto. Ch.2 of Topics of Thought: The Logic of Knowledge, Belief, Imagination. OUP. 2022.

[KK] Epistemic Closure, Dogmatism, Skepticism, Fallibilism With Franz Berto. Ch.4 of Topics of Thought: The Logic of Knowledge, Belief, Imagination. OUP. 2022.

[EM] Are Gettier Cases Disturbing? With Tom Schoonen. Philosophical Studies  178. 2021. (Online: 2020)

[MD] Semantic Expressivism for Epistemic Modals With Shane Steinert-Threlkeld. Linguistics and Philosophy  44 (2). 2021. (Online: 2020)

[KK] The Fundamental Problem of Logical Omniscience With Aybüke Özgün, Franz Berto. Journal of Philosophical Logic 49 (4). 2020. (Online: 2019)

[KK] Knowability Relative to Information With Franz Berto. Mind 130 (517). 2021. (Online: 2018)

[SM] Theories of Aboutness Australasian Journal of Philosophy 96 (4). 2018. (Online: 2017)

[KK/SM] The Problem of Epistemic Relevance  PhD Dissertation, Stanford University. 2017.

[EM] Can Modal Skepticism Defeat Humean Skepticism? Modal Epistemology After Rationalism, eds. Fischer and Leon, Synthese Library. 2017 [Preprint]

[SI] The Logic of Joint Ability in Two-Player Tacit Games The Review of Symbolic Logic 10 (3). 2017.

[KK] Relevant Alternatives in Epistemology and Logic Epistemology, Knowledge, and the Impact of Interaction, eds. Redmond, Pombo Martins, and Nepomuceno Fernandez. Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science 38. Springer. 2016. [Preprint]

[MD] Informational Dynamics of Epistemic Possibility Modals  With Shane Steinert-Threlkeld. Synthese 195 (10). 2018 (Online: 2016)

[KK] Questions, Topics and Restricted Closure Philosophical Studies 173 (10). 2016.

[MD] Informational Dynamics of `Might' Assertions   With Shane Steinert-Threlkeld. Proceedings of  LORI -V, Taiwan. 2015.

[EM] Van Inwagen’s Modal Skepticism Philosophical Studies 153 (3). 2011.

[SI] On the Dynamics of Information and Abilities of Players in Multi-player Games   With Valentin Goranko. Proceedings of  LOFT 9, Toulouse. 2010.