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Mark McCullagh

Associate Professor,
Department of Philosophy

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 Brandom.


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 verbs.

Recent publications:

Distributed utterances [penultimate version]. Forthcoming in The architecture of context and context-sensitivity, edited by Tadeusz Ciecierski and Paweł Grabarczy. Dordrecht: Springer.
Kinds of monsters and kinds of compositionality. Analysis 78 (2018): 657–66.
Russellianism unencumbered. Philosophical Studies 174 (2017): 2819–43.
Scare-quoting 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


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Dept of Philosophy
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON
Canada N1G 2W1

332 MacKinnon Bldg. (How to find the Department of Philosophy)

Office hours
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