Elmar Unnsteinsson
how I say my name

I am a Lecturer/Assistant Professor and Ad Astra Fellow at University College Dublin, School of Philosophy. I am also the Principal Investigator of two research projects funded by the The Icelandic Research Fund, The Confused Intentions Project and Insincerity for Fragmented Minds, both based at UCD and University of Iceland, where I have a part-time position as a Research Scientist.

I did my PhD at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City and I work on philosophy of language and mind. Sometimes I write about the history of analytic philosophy. I have a forthcoming book at Oxford University Press, developing a theory of referential competence, titled Talking About.

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My last name is a patronym, so, it’s not really a name. But we can pretend.


'Authentic Speech and Insincerity' Uppsala University Feb 17, 2022

'Why I'm Not Really a Deflationist' Temple University Apr 5, 2022

'Who Needs to Represent?' University of Iceland June 1, 2022

'Authenticity and Trust Online' Wittgenstein and AI Conference, London, July 2022

Author Meets Critics for my book Talking About (OUP, 2022), Montreal APA, 2023. Critics: Una Stojnic, Dan Harris, Eliot Michaelson


Authentic Speech and Insincerity, under review

More Work for Imperatives, under review

Doing without Conventions: The Norms of Negotiation, co-authored with Dan Harris (in preparation)

Also: various papers on directive speech acts and imperatives, the relation between thought and language, and a paper in Icelandic on the ongoing republication of Halldór Kiljan Laxness with 'modern spelling,' which he clearly opposed.

Send me an email if you have questions about my current work.


Talking About (book)
Oxford University Press (2022) [OUP Link]

The Social Epistemology of Introspection
Mind and Language (forthcoming) [philpapers]

Compositionality and Expressive Power: Comments on Pietroski
Croatian Journal of Philosophy (2020) [philpapers, doi]

Review of Meanings as Species, by Mark Richard
Mind (forthcoming) [philpapers, doi]

Frege’s Puzzle is About Identity After All
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (2019) [philpapers, doi]

Silencing without Convention
Pacific Philosophical Quarterly (2019) [philpapers, doi]

The Edenic Theory of Reference
Inquiry (2019) [philpapers, doi]

Referential Intentions: A Response to Buchanan and Peet
Australasian Journal of Philosophy (2018) [philpapers, doi]

Wittgenstein’s Influence on Austin’s Philosophy of Language
(with Daniel W. Harris)
British Journal for the History of Philosophy (2018) [philpapers, doi]