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Education and Research Experience
University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D. in Philosophy, August 2017.
Dissertation: Nominalization, Specification, and Investigation
Frege famously held that numbers play the role of objects in our language and thought, and that this role is on display when we use sentences like “The number of Jupiter’s moons is four”. I argue that this role is an example of a general pattern that also encompasses persons, times, locations, reasons, causes, and ways of appearing or acting. These things are ‘objects’ simply in the sense that they are answers to questions: they are the sort of thing we search for and specify during investigation or inquiry. I support this epistemological conception of objects by studying specificational sentences, a class of sentences which includes Frege’s original example. I defend an analysis of such sentences as question-answer pairs, and show how to formally represent this analysis using game-theoretical semantics.
University of Pennsylvania
- Research Coordinator, Computational Memory Lab (PI: Michael Kahana), 2008–2009.
- B.A. summa cum laude in Philosophy with Honors, minor in Mathematics, May 2007.
- Philosophy of Language and Logic, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mathematics
- Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Biology, Mathematical Logic
Publications and works in progress
- Review: K. Felka, Talking about Numbers: Easy Arguments for Mathematical Realism. History and Philosophy of Logic 38.4 (2017).
- ‘Who are the persons, and how many are the numbers?’. Under review.
- ‘What is an investigation?’. In preparation.
- ‘Specification and investigation’. In preparation.
Presentations (invited and refereed)
Some puzzles about the indefinite article
- April 19, 2017. Society for Linguistics Undergraduate Students, University of California, Berkeley.
Who are the persons, and how many are the numbers?
- March 31, 2017. Doc’in Nicod, Institut Jean Nicod.
- February 2, 2017. SemanticsBabble, University of California, San Diego.
- December 14, 2016. Philosophy Graduate Research Colloquium, University of California, Berkeley.
Concepts and objects in game-theoretical semantics
- August 5, 2016. Logic Colloquium 2016, Association for Symbolic Logic European Summer Meeting, University of Leeds.
Comments on Eric Snyder, Frege’s Larger Other Puzzle
- April 1, 2016. Semantics Colloquium, Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association.
Three analyses of specificational sentences
- December 2, 2014. Meaning Sciences Club, University of California, Berkeley.
- Contributor, forall \(x\) Calgary Remix: An Introduction to Formal Logic, an open access textbook from the Open Logic Project
- Article Referee, Semantics and Pragmatics
- Member, Berkeley-Stanford Circle in Logic and Philosophy, Fall 2014–present
- Organizer, Berkeley Philosophy Department work-in-progress lunches, Spring 2015
- Reviewer, Berkeley-Stanford-Davis Conference, various occasions, Spring 2010–present
Fellowships, Awards and Honors (competitive)
University of California, Berkeley
- Berkeley Connect Mentoring Fellowship (Fall 2017 and Spring 2018)
- Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award (Spring 2014)
University of Pennsylvania
- President’s Award for Undergraduate Research (May 2007)
- Elizabeth F. Flower Undergraduate Essay Prize in Philosophy (April 2006 and April 2007)
- Second place paper, Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium Undergraduate Conference (February 2005)
As graduate student instructor
|Ancient Philosophy||Summer 2012||Vanessa de Harven|
|Fall 2012||Klaus Corcilius|
|Fall 2013||Timothy Clarke|
|Fall 2016||Timothy Clarke|
|Aristotle1||Fall 2014||Klaus Corcilius|
|Introduction to Logic||Summer 2010||Branden Fitelson|
|Fall 2010||Sherri Roush|
|Fall 2011||Sherri Roush|
|Spring 2012||Daniel Warren|
|Intermediate Logic1 (as grader)||Spring 2012||Paolo Mancosu|
|Philosophy of Mathematics1||Spring 2013||Paolo Mancosu|
|Fall 2015||Paolo Mancosu|
|Philosophy of Language1||Spring 2016||John Perry|
|Spring 2017||Seth Yalcin|
|Philosophical Methods1||Spring 2011||Seth Yalcin|
- English (native speaker)
- German (reading and basic conversational knowledge)
- United States citizen
Courses Attended and Audited
|Logicism and Neologicism2||Spring 2017||Paolo Mancosu|
|Intuitionistic Logic and Meaning2||Fall 2016||Wesley Holliday|
|Aristotle’s Metaphysics Gamma2||Fall 2016||Timothy Clarke|
|Intermediate Logic (model theory)||Spring 2016||Paolo Mancosu|
|Proof Theory2||Fall 2015||Paolo Mancosu|
|Logical Semantics (Linguistics)||Fall 2014||Line Mikkelsen|
|Dissertation seminar2||2013–2014||Barry Stroud|
|Problems with Authority2||Fall 2013||Veronique Munoz-Dardé|
|Dissertation seminar2||2012–2013||Sherri Roush|
|Plato’s Sophist2||Fall 2012||Timothy Clarke|
|Intermediate Logic (Gödel’s theorems)||Spring 2012||Paolo Mancosu|
|Expressivism and Relativism2||Spring 2011||John MacFarlane|
|Philosophical Logic||Spring 2011||John MacFarlane|
|Perspective in Language2||Fall 2010||Seth Yalcin|
|Hegel’s Philosophy of Right2||Fall 2010||Hans Sluga|
|Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics2||Fall 2010||Dorothea Frede|
|Plato’s Republic||Fall 2010||Jessica Gelber|
|Practical Knowledge2||Spring 2010||Jay Wallace|
|Recent Topics in Epistemology2||Spring 2010||Branden Fitelson|
|Decision Theory2||Spring 2010||Lara Buchak|
|Hume||Spring 2010||Barry Stroud|
|Philosophy of Mathematics||Spring 2010||Paolo Mancosu|
|Proof Theory2||Fall 2009||Paolo Mancosu|
|Conceptual Representation2||Fall 2009||Hannah Ginsborg, Tania Lombrozo|
|First-year graduate seminar2||Fall 2009||John Macfarlane, Niko Kolodny|
|GSI Teaching Seminar2||Fall 2010||Hans Sluga|
Qualifying Examination Topics
|Biological Functions||Fall 2011||Hannah Ginsborg|
|Inferentialism||Fall 2011||John MacFarlane|
|Predicates and Predication||Fall 2011||Hans Sluga|
|Klaus Corcilius||Hannah Ginsborg|
|klaus.corcilius at uni-tuebingen.de||ginsborg at berkeley dot edu|
|Universität Tübingen||Department of Philosophy|
|Philosophisches Seminar||314 Moses Hall|
|Bursagasse 1||University of California, Berkeley|
|D - 72070 Tübingen||Berkeley, CA 94720-2390|
|John MacFarlane||Paolo Mancosu|
|jgm at berkeley dot edu||mancosu at socrates dot berkeley dot edu|
|+1 510-328-3546||+1 510-296-4325|
|Department of Philosophy||Department of Philosophy|
|314 Moses Hall||314 Moses Hall|
|University of California, Berkeley||University of California, Berkeley|
|Berkeley, CA 94720-2390||Berkeley, CA 94720-2390|
|mikkelsen at berkeley dot edu|
|Department of Linguistics|
|1203 Dwinelle Hall|
|University of California, Berkeley|
|Berkeley, CA 94720-2650|