Alex Silk

 
 

I am a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Birmingham. I completed my Ph.D. philosophy at the University of Michigan. My dissertation was on the meaning of normative language—especially deontic modals—and how incorporating insights from philosophy of language and linguistics can illuminate classic questions in normative and metanormative theory.


You can email me at a.silk@bham.ac.uk.



PUBLICATIONS

  1. “How to Be an Ethical Expressivist.” Forthcoming. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.

  2. “Accommodation and Negotiation with Context-Sensitive Expressions.” Forthcoming. Thought.

  3. “The Progressive and Verbs of Creation.” Forthcoming. Journal of Semantics.

  4. “Nietzschean Constructivism.” Forthcoming. Special issue of Inquiry on Nietzsche’s moral psychology.

  5. “Wither Anankastics?” (with Billy Dunaway). Forthcoming. Philosophical Topics 28: Ethics.

  6. “What Normative Terms Mean and Why It Matters for Ethical Theory.” Forthcoming. In M. Timmons (Ed.), Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics, Vol. 5.

  7. “Evidence-Sensitivity in Weak Necessity Deontic Modals.” 2014. Journal of Philosophical Logic 43(4): 691-723.

  8. “Why ‘Ought’ Detaches.” 2014. Philosophers’ Imprint 14(7): 1-16.

  9. “Truth-Conditions and the Meanings of Ethical Terms.” 2013. In R. Shafer-Landau (Ed.), Oxford Studies in Metaethics, Vol. 8.

  10. “Modality, Weights, and Inconsistent Premise Sets.” In A. Chereches (Ed.), Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 22, pp. 43-64. 2012. (SUPERSEDED: See the drafts “‘Ought’ and ‘Must’: Some Philosophical Therapy” and “Modality, Weights, and Inconsistent Premise Sets” below for more up-to-date developments of the ideas in this paper.)



WORK IN PROGRESS

(Please do not cite or quote without permission. Comments welcome.)

  1. Discourse Contextualism: A Framework for Contextualist Semantics and Pragmatics. Book manuscript. In preparation (selected draft chapters posted here). (See “Normative Language in Context” below for an application of the proposed contextualist theory to the case of normative language.)

  2. “‘Ought’ and ‘Must’”: language. (This is an expanded and revised version of the section of my SALT paper on weak and strong necessity modals.)

  3. “Normative Language in Context”: language, ethics.

  4. “Modality, Weights, and Inconsistent Premise Sets”: language. (This is an expanded version of the section of my SALT paper on weights and priorities.)

  5. “Deontic Conditionals: Weak and Strong”: language

  6. “Agent-Relative Teleology, Conditional Preferences, and Centered Worlds”: ethics

  7. “Nihilism, art, and value creation in Nietzsche’s ethics and metaethics”: history

  8. “Anankastic Conditionals in Context”: language (down for revision)



BOOK REVIEWS

  1. 1. Review of R. Shafer-Landau (Ed.), Oxford Studies in Metaethics, Vol. 6. Ethics 122(3): 622–627.

  2. 2. Review of P. Katsafanas, Agency and the Foundations of Ethics. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.