Sarah Moss


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


ssmoss@umich.edu

curriculum vitae



I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan. I work primarily in epistemology and philosophy of language. My research also addresses problems in formal semantics, philosophy of mind, and legal philosophy.

In 2018-19, I am engaged in research as the Thomas E. Sunderland Faculty Fellow and Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan Law School.



Probabilistic Knowledge

In Probabilistic Knowledge (OUP, April 2018), I defend a probabilistic account of the contents of belief, assertion, and knowledge. I argue that partial beliefs can constitute knowledge in just the same way that full beliefs can. The central theses of the book have significant consequences for the philosophy of mind and language, as well as for social and political questions concerning racial profiling and legal standards of proof.

Recent and upcoming discussions of the book:

3-day symposium on Probabilistic Knowledge, University of Hamburg, August 2017

2-day masterclass on Probabilistic Knowledge, King's College London, March 2018

Author Meets Critics session on Probabilistic Knowledge, Central APA, February 2019

Symposium session on Probabilistic Knowledge, Pacific APA, April 2019


Selected papers

Full Belief and Loose Speech

Forthcoming in the Philosophical Review.

Global Constraints on Imprecise Credences

Paper in progress---comments welcome!

Moral Encroachment

Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society vol. 118, no. 2 (2018): 177-205.

Credal Dilemmas

Noûs vol. 49, no. 4 (2015): 665-83.

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.


Teaching materials

Phil 384: Applied Epistemology

This course satisfies the Race and Ethnicity Requirement for University of Michigan undergraduates.

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