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Faculty of the Department

Professor Mark Richard

Mark Richard

Director of Graduate Studies
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Professor Mark Richard joined the Department in the Fall of 2010. He specializes in philosophy of language, philosophical logic, and metaphysics and epistemology. He attended Hamilton College, the University of Freiburg in West Germany and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Richard has published several books (Propositional Attitudes [1990], Meaning [2002], and When Truth Gives Out [2008]) and numerous articles, some of which are collected in the forthcoming collection of his papers Meaning in Context.

Richard's current research interests include foundational issues in semantics (including the question of whether the semantics of discursive talk is invariably to be given by characterizing its truth conditions), the semantics of particular constructions (including the tenses and epistemic modals), vagueness, and issues on the borderline between epistemology and metaethics (for example, the conditions under which awareness of disagreement about normative matters should reduce one's confidence in one's normative beliefs). Richard is an avid hiker, an adequate cook of Mexican and Thai food, and a mediocre woodworker.

Richard's website, which has downloadable copies of some of his work in progress and recent publications, is here.

Selected Publications

"Indeterminacy and Truth Value Gaps" in Dietz, R. and Moruzzi, S., eds., The Arché Papers on Vagueness (Oxford University Press, 2009).

When Truth Gives Out (Oxford University Press, 2008).

"Opacity", in E. LePore and B. Smith, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language (Oxford UP 2006).

"Contextualism and Relativism", Philosophical Studies 119 (2004).

"Analysis, Synonymy, and Sense", in C.A. Anderson and M. Zeleny, eds., Logic, Language, and Computation (Kluwer, 2000).

"Defective Contexts, Accommodation, and Normalization", Canadian Journal of Philosophy 25 (1995), 551-570.

Propositional Attitudes: An Essay on Thoughts and How We Ascribe Them. (Cambridge University Press: 1990).

"Quantification and Leibniz's Law", The Philosophical Review 96 (1987), 555-578.

"Grammar, Opacity, and Quotation", Linguistics and Philosophy 9 (1986), 383-403.

"Direct Reference and Ascriptions of Belief", Journal of Philosophical Logic 12 (1983), 425-447.

"Tense, Propositions, and Meanings", Philosophical Studies 41 (1982), 337-351.

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