Sarah Moss

Department of Philosophy
2215 Angell Hall, 435 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003


ssmoss@umich.edu

curriculum vitae



I am an Associate Professor in the philosophy department at the University of Michigan.

Before coming here, I was a math major at Harvard and a B.Phil. student at Oxford. I received my Ph.D. from the Linguistics and Philosophy department at MIT in June 2009.

Recently my work has focused on questions connecting language and epistemology: what semantic theories accommodate intuitive norms governing credences in counterfactuals, how updating de se credences resembles communicating de se beliefs, and how we can know non-propositional contents of assertion. I am currently writing a book that defends a unified probabilistic account of the contents of assertion, belief, and knowledge.


Selected papers

Credal Dilemmas

forthcoming in Noûs

On the Semantics and Pragmatics of Epistemic Modals

forthcoming in Semantics and Pragmatics

Time-Slice Epistemology and Action Under Indeterminacy

forthcoming in Oxford Studies in Epistemology

Epistemology Formalized

Philosophical Review vol. 122, no. 1 (2013): 1-43.

Subjunctive Credences and Semantic Humility

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research vol. 87, no. 2 (2013): 251-78.

Four-Dimensionalist Theories of Persistence

Australasian Journal of Philosophy vol. 90, no. 4 (2012): 671-86.

On the Pragmatics of Counterfactuals

Noûs vol. 46, no. 3 (2012): 561-86.

Updating as Communication

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research vol. 85, no. 2 (2012): 225-48.

Solving the Color Incompatibility Problem

Journal of Philosophical Logic vol. 41, no. 5 (2012): 841-51.

The Role of Linguistics in the Philosophy of Language

Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Language, Delia Fara and Gillian Russell, eds. Routledge, 2012.

Scoring Rules and Epistemic Compromise

Mind vol. 120, no. 480 (2011): 1053-69.


Recent and upcoming presentations

On the Pragmatics of Epistemic Modals

Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 24, May 2014
University of Chicago Linguistics and Philosophy Workshop, May 2014
Ohio State University, March 2014

Time-Slice Epistemology and Action Under Indeterminacy

NYU-Columbia Graduate Conference Keynote Address, April 2013

Probabilistic Contextualism

University of Texas, Austin, January 2013

Credal Dilemmas

University of Vermont, September 2012
Oxford University, June 2012
Formal Epistemology Workshop, May 2012
Tufts University, April 2012

Epistemology Formalized

Lofoten Epistemology Conference, May 2012
Princeton University, April 2012
Rutgers University, November 2011
University of St Andrews, November 2011
Yale University, October 2011
Syracuse University, October 2011
Formal Epistemology Workshop, May 2011
Orange Beach Epistemology Workshop, May 2011
University of Pittsburgh, March 2011


Teaching materials

Phil 297: Honors Introduction to Philosophy

Phil 383: Knowledge and Reality

Phil 404: Introduction to Analytic Philosophy

Collected problem sets for Phil 404: Introduction to Analytic Philosophy

Phil 413: Formal Methods in Philosophy

Collected problem sets for Phil 413: Formal Methods in Philosophy

Phil 611: Conditionalization and Its Discontents

Collected problem sets for Phil 611: Conditionalization and Its Discontents

Phil 611: Semantics Beyond Truth Conditions

Phil 615: Contemporary Research in Metaphysics and Philosophy of Language