Alex Davies: potential topics of supervision
I am available for supervision on topics within philosophy of language, epistemology, philosophy of mind and philosophy of science. I have current research interests specifically in linguistic context-sensitivity, the interaction between power and language, as well as the interaction between power and knowledge. If you have an idea for something you'd like to write or write about then please email me (davies [ät] ut.ee) and let's discuss it. Below I list some possible readings for some of the topics I have worked on or am currently working on.
Crispin Wright, “Relativism about truth itself: Haphazard thoughts about the very idea” in Manuel García-Carpintero & Max Kölbel (eds.), Relative Truth. (Oxford: OUP, 2008).
John MacFarlane, “Relativism” in The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Language, ed. Delia Graff Fara and Gillian Russell (New York: Routledge, 2012)
Tim Sundell, “Disagreements about taste” in Philosophical Studies 155(2) 267-288 (2011).
Dan Lopez de Sa, “Presuppositions of Commonality” in Manuel García-Carpintero & Max Kölbel (eds.), Relative Truth. (Oxford: OUP, 2008).
Recanati, F. Truth Conditional Pragmatics (Oxford: OUP, 2010)
Travis, C. Occasion-Sensitivity (Oxford: OUP, 2008)
Miranda Fricker, Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing (Oxford: OUP, 2007).
Rae Langton, “Speech Acts and Unspeakable Acts” in Philosophy and Public Affairs 22(4) 293-330 (1993).
J. L. Austin, How to Do Things with Words, (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1962).
Christopher Hom, “The Semantics of Racial Epithets”, Journal of Philosophy 105(8) 416-440 (2008).
Mark Richard, When Truth Gives Out (Oxford: OUP 2010).
Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (Chicago: Chicago University Press 1962).
Rudolph Carnap, “Empiricism, Semantics, and Ontology,” in Revue Internationale de Philosophie 4 (1950). Reprinted in the Supplement to Meaning and Necessity: A Study in Semantics and Modal Logic, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1956).
Communication and semantic externalism
Miranda Fricker, “Powerlessness and Social Interpretation” in Epistemic 3(1-2) (2006).
Sally Haslanger, “Language, Politics, and “the Folk”: Looking for “the meaning” of 'race'” in The Monist 93(2) (2010).
Hilary Putnam, “The Meaning of ‘Meaning’,” in Keith Gunderson (ed.), Language, Mind and Knowledge (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1975); reprinted in H. Putnam, Mind, Language and Reality (Cambridge: CUP, 1975).