Eric Swanson

Eric Swanson
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

“ ‘Black Lives Matter,’ ‘White People Are Anxious,’ and Omissive Implicature”
Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), October 2017

“Assorted Biscuits and Conversational Implicatures”
Workshop on Biscuit Conditionals, University of Hamburg, October 2017

Comments on “Oppressive Categories,” by Robin Dembroff
Ranch Metaphysics Workshop, January 2018

“ ‘Unless That’s Racist,’ If I’m Not Mistaken”
Colloquium talk at Tufts University, February 2018

“ ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘White People Are Anxious’: A Case for Pragmatic Particularism”
Guest speaker at a seminar taught by Lynne Tirrell at University of Pittsburgh, February 2018