Professor Paul Elbourne

Subject: Philosophy

Department: Philosophy

College appointment: Tutorial Fellow in Philosophy

Academic position: Professor of the Philosophy of Language


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, Knowledge and Reality, General Linguistics, Wittgenstein, and the Philosophy of Logic and Language. At the graduate level, I teach formal semantics and the philosophy of language.

Research Interests

My main research interests lie in natural language semantics and the philosophy of language. I also have interests in ethics.

Selected Publications