Eric Swanson

Eric Swanson
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Departments of Philosophy and Linguistics

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If you have trouble obtaining anything mentioned below, please email me.

Some work in progress

“Context and Community” (handout and slides)
Presented at the Bob Stalnaker Celebration, 16 April 2016.

“Slurs and Ideologies”
Presented at the Yale Ideology Conference, 29 January 2016.
Revised version forthcoming in Ideology. Robin Celikates, Sally Haslanger, and Jason Stanley, editors. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Published or forthcoming work

“Omissive Implicature”
Philosophical Topics, vol. 45, no. 2 (2017): 117–137. DOI: 10.5840/ philtopics201745216

Critical notice of Jason Stanley’s How Propaganda Works
Mind, vol. 126, no. 503 (2017): 937–947. DOI: 10.1093/mind/fzw045

“Indeterminacy in Causation”
Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 67, no. 268 (2017): 606–624. DOI: 10.1093/pq/pqw068

“Probability in Philosophy of Language”
In Alan Hájek and Chris Hitchcock (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Probability and Philosophy, 772–788. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

“The Application of Constraint Semantics to the Language of Subjective Uncertainty”
Journal of Philosophical Logic, vol. 45, no. 2 (2016): 121–146. DOI: 10.1007/s10992-015-9367-5

“Ordering Supervaluationism, Counterpart Theory, and Ersatz Fundamentality”
Journal of Philosophy, vol. 109, no. 6 (2014): 289–310.

“Subjunctive Biscuit and Stand-Off Conditionals”
Philosophical Studies, vol. 163, no. 3 (2013): 637–648. DOI: 10.1007/s11098-011-9836-9

“Conditional Excluded Middle without the Limit Assumption”
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, vol. 85, no. 2 (2012): 301–321. DOI: 10.1111/ j.1933-1592.2011.00507.x

“The Language of Causation”
In Delia Graff Fara and Gillian Russell (eds.), The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Language, 716–728. London: Routledge, 2012.

“Propositional Attitudes”
In Claudia Maienborn, Klaus von Heusinger, and Paul Portner (eds.), Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning, vol. 2, 1538–1561. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2012.

“On the Treatment of Incomparability in Ordering Semantics and Premise Semantics”
Journal of Philosophical Logic, vol. 40, no. 6 (2011): 693–713. DOI: 10.1007/s10992-010-9157-z

“How Not to Theorize about the Language of Subjective Uncertainty”
In Andy Egan and Brian Weatherson (eds.), Epistemic Modality, 249–269. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

“Lessons from the Context Sensitivity of Causal Talk”
Journal of Philosophy, vol. 107, no. 5 (2010): 221–242.

“Structurally Defined Alternatives and Lexicalizations of XOR”
Linguistics and Philosophy, vol. 33, no. 1 (2010): 31–36. DOI: 10.1007/s10988-010-9074-1

“On Scope Relations between Quantifiers and Epistemic Modals”
Journal of Semantics, vol. 27, no. 4 (2010): 529–540. DOI: 10.1093/jos/ffq010

Review of Reflections on Meaning, by Paul Horwich
Philosophical Review, vol. 118, no. 1 (2009): 131–134.

“Modality in Language”
Philosophy Compass, vol. 3, no. 6 (2008): 1193–1207. DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-9991 .2008. 00177.x
I've changed my mind about some things discussed in this article. On weak modals, and on the limit assumption, see “On the Treatment of Incomparability in Ordering Semantics and Premise Semantics” (above); on the force associated with modals, drop me an email.

“A Note on Gibbard's ‘Rational Credence and the Value of Truth’”
Oxford Studies in Epistemology, vol. 2 (2007): 179–189.

“Biscuit Conditionals and Common Ground”
Second North American Summer School in Language, Logic and Information Student Session Proceedings (2003): 26–34.

Older or superseded work

“Imperative Force in the English Modal System” (handout)
Presented at the (first) 2012 Michigan Workshop in Philosophy and Linguistics, 5 May 2012.

“Constraint Semantics and the Language of Subjective Uncertainty” (handout and slides)
Presented at the Chambers Philosophy Conference on Epistemic Modals at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 16 April 2010.

“Constraint Semantics and its Application to Conditionals” (handout and slides)
Presented at the First Formal Epistemology Festival, 29 July 2008.

Interactions with Context
My dissertation (MIT, 2006). This contains (very) early versions of material in “Propositional Attitudes,” “How Not to Theorize about the Language of Subjective Uncertainty,” “Lessons from the Context Sensitivity of Causal Talk,” and the constraint semantics papers and presentations.

“Pronouns and Complex Demonstratives”