Eric Swanson

Eric Swanson


ericsw@umich.edu
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Departments of Philosophy and Linguistics



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I’m an associate professor of philosophy and linguistics at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I started teaching here in 2006, after receiving my PhD from MIT’s Department of Linguistics and Philosophy.

Most of my current work is in social and political philosophy of language and metaethics, and pays special attention to relationships between language, context, and ideology. I’m especially interested in the ways in which the force of language goes beyond the information that is apparent to or shared amongst discourse participants.

I’ve also worked on the interfaces between language and epistemology (epistemic modals and conditionals), language and metaphysics (causal talk and the logic of causation), language and ethics (deontic modals), and on two frameworks for linguistic theorizing that bear on the above—‘constraint semantics’ and ‘ordering super­valua­tionism.’

Recent or upcoming talks

“Implicature, Authority, and the Social”
Language and Authority: A Conference, Yale University, April 2018

“Three Kinds of Indeterminacy in Normative Modals”
7th CSLI Workshop on Logic, Rationality, and Intelligent Interaction, Stanford University, June 2018

“ ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘White People Are Anxious’: A Case for Pragmatic Particularism”
4th International Congress of the American Pragmatics Association, State University of New York at Albany, November 2018