Eric Swanson

Eric Swanson
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Department of Philosophy

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Some work in progress

“Causal Distribution: The Logic of Counterfactuals Reflected in the Logic of Causation”
(Email me for a recent draft.)

Published or forthcoming articles

“The Application of Constraint Semantics to the Language of Subjective Uncertainty”
Forthcoming in the Journal of Philosophical Logic.

“Probability in Philosophy of Language”
Forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Probability and Philosophy, edited by Alan Hájek and Chris Hitchcock.

“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

“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 see “Imperative Force in the English Modal System” (in preparation).

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

Book reviews

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

Older or superseded work

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.

“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.

“Pronouns and Complex Demonstratives”