Eric Swanson

Eric Swanson


ericsw@umich.edu
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Department of Philosophy



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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.

My published work is mostly 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.’

Most of my work in progress is in social and political philosophy of language (or as I also sometimes like to call it, ‘applied philosophy of language’). I’m especially interested in the relationships between language use and ideologies, ideals, and the evolution of context.