I am a philosopher at the University of Guelph, in the very pleasant
city of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. (It’s
pronounced “gwelf.”) My academic training was at the University of Toronto and the University of Pittsburgh where I
completed my PhD under the direction of Robert
I am on Transition Leave for the 2018–2019 academic year, having
completed my term as Department Chair; no teaching responsibilities.
In addition to normal departmental service responsibilities
I am one of the (14) Executive Editors of the Canadian
Journal of Philosophy.
I work in philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and epistemology.
Currently I’m working (in collaboration with Juhani Yli-Vakkuri) on the semantics and
pragmatics of distributed utterances: utterances that are (more than
usually) spread out in time or space, or made partly by one speaker and partly
by another. (The simplest example is a slow utterance of “Now I’m
starting my sentence, and now I’m finishing it.”) I am also
interested in the theory of concept possession, in particular the challenges to
it posed by the phenomena first highlighted in Benson Mates’s famous
examples of expressions multiply embedded within the scopes of attitude
Distributed utterances [penultimate version].
Forthcoming in proceedings from the 2016 Context, Cognition and Communication
Conference in Warsaw. To be published by Springer.
Kinds of monsters
and kinds of compositionality. Analysis 78 (2018):
unencumbered. Philosophical Studies 174 (2017):
and incorporation. In The semantics and pragmatics of quotation, edited by Paul Saka and Michael Johnson, 3–34.
Dordrecht: Springer, 2017.
Full list of publications, with abstracts