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 belief, assertion, and knowledge.


Selected papers

Credal Dilemmas

forthcoming in Noûs

On the Semantics and Pragmatics of Epistemic Vocabulary

Semantics and Pragmatics vol. 8, no. 5 (2015): 1-81.

Time-Slice Epistemology and Action Under Indeterminacy

Oxford Studies in Epistemology, John Hawthorne and Tamar Szabó Gendler, eds. Oxford, 2015.

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

A Defense of Probabilistic Knowledge

Brown University, March 2016
Purdue University, February 2016
University of Southern California, October 2015
Unviersity of Wisconsin, Madison, September 2015
Harvard University, March 2015
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, March 2015

On the Semantics of Epistemic Vocabulary

Rutgers Semantics Workshop, October 2014
University of California, Berkeley, October 2014
Philosophical Linguistics and Linguistical Philosophy Conference, September 2014
Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 24, May 2014
University of Chicago Linguistics and Philosophy Workshop, May 2014
Ohio State University, March 2014


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 601: Probabilistic Knowledge

Collected problem sets for Phil 601: Probabilistic Knowledge

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