I read Greats and took an MPhil in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology at Oxford before doing my PhD at MIT. There I followed the interdisciplinary PhD programme in semantics, which involves training in linguistics and philosophy. Before coming to Magdalen, I taught at Marlboro College, New York University, and Queen Mary, University of London.
I give undergraduate tutorials and classes in General Philosophy, Moral Philosophy (Mill), Ethics, Practical Ethics, General Linguistics, and the Philosophy of Logic and Language. At the graduate level, I teach philosophy of language.
My main research interests lie in natural language semantics and the philosophy of language. I also have interests in ethics.
Forthcoming. Literal vs enriched meaning: It’s raining. In The Wiley Companion to Semantics, edited by Lisa Matthewson, Cécile Meier, Hotze Rullmann, and Thomas Ede Zimmermann. Wiley.
2018. Definite descriptions and negative existential quantifiers. Philosophical Studies 175(7): 1597–1612.
2016. Incomplete descriptions and indistinguishable participants. Natural Language Semantics 24(1): 1–43.
2013. Definite Descriptions. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2011. Meaning: A Slim Guide to Semantics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2010a. The existence entailments of definite descriptions. Linguistics and Philosophy 33(1): 1–10.
2010c. Why propositions might be sets of truth-supporting circumstances. Journal of Philosophical Logic 39(1): 101–111.
2008a. The argument from binding. Philosophical Perspectives 22: 89–110.
2005. Situations and Individuals. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.