Steven Gross

Associate Professor of Philosophy & Placement Coordinator

Gilman 272
Monday, 12:30 - 1:30 pm
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Steven Gross has previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, and University College London. He specializes in the philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics.

Revisited Linguistic Intuitions (with Jennifer Culbertson). In British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, forthcoming. [doc]

Davidson, First Person Authority, and the Evidence for Semantics. In a volume on Davidson's legacy, forthcoming.


Innateness (with Georges Rey). In The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, forthcoming.


Knowledge of Meaning, Conscious and Unconscious. In Meaning, Understanding and Knowledge, eds. B. Armour-Garb, D. Patterson, and J. Woodbridge.The Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication, Vol. 5. (New Prairie Press, 2009 -- actually appeared 2010). [pdf]

Review of Michael Tomasello, Origins of Human Communication, in Mind & Language 25 (April 2010), pp. 237-46.

Review of Ray Jackendoff, Language, Consciousness, Culture: Essays on Mental Structure, in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (May 2009).

Are Linguists Better Subjects? (with Jennifer Culbertson). In British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 60, 2009, pp. 721-36. [pdf]

Review of Stewart Shapiro, Vagueness in Context, in The Philosophical Review 118 (April, 2009). [pdf]

Sincerely Saying What You Don’t Believe Again. In Dialectica 62, 2008, pp. 349-54. [pdf]

Vagueness, Indeterminacy, and Uncertainty. In Indeterminacy, ed. J. Ciprut (MIT Press, 2008), pp. 129-49. (Written in 1999-2000 for an interdisciplinary workshop; the publication of the proceedings was delayed. A much longer version circulated under the title An Invitation to Vagueness.)

Reply to Jackendoff. In The Linguistic Review 24, 2007, pp. 423-9. [pdf]

Relating Conscious and Unconscious Semantic Knowledge. In Croatian Journal of Philosophy 7, 2007, pp. 427-45.

Trivalent Semantics and the Vaguely Vague. In Synthese 156, 2007, pp. 97-117. [pdf]

Can One Sincerely Say What One Doesn't Believe? In Mind & Language, Symposium on Cappelen and Lepore, 21, 2006, pp. 11-20. [pdf]

Can Empirical Theories of Semantic Competence Really Help Limn the Structure of Reality? In Nous 40, 2006, pp. 43-81. [pdf]

Normativity. Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd ed., 2006, vol. 8, pp. 698-701. [pdf]

Natural Kind Terms. Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd ed., 2006, vol. 8, pp. 492-6. [pdf]

The Biconditional Doctrine: Contra Kölbel on a 'Dogma' of Davidsonian Semantics. In Erkenntnis 62, 2005, pp. 189-210. [pdf]

The Nature of Semantics: On Jackendoff's Arguments. In The Linguistic Review 22, 2005, pp. 249-270. [pdf]

Context-Sensitive Truth-Theoretic Accounts of Semantic Competence. In Mind & Language 20, 2005, pp. 68-102. [pdf]

Linguistic Understanding and Belief. In Mind 114, 2005, pp. 61-6. [pdf]

Putnam, Context, and Ontology. In Canadian Journal of Philosophy 34, 2004, pp. 507-54. [pdf]

Vagueness, Indirect Speech Reports, and the World. In Protosociology (Special Issue on Semantic Theory and Reported Speech) 17, 2002, pp. 153-68.

Review of Robert Brandom, Articulating Reasons, in The Philosophical Review 111 (April, 2002), pp. 284-7. [pdf]

Is Context-Sensitivity Eliminable? Some Remarks. In The Dialogue (Yearbook of Philosophical Hermeneutics: The Legitimacy of Truth, Proceedings of the Third Meeting, Italian-American Philosophy) 2, 2002, pp. 21-38. [pdf]

Putnam, Kontext und Ontologie. In Hilary Putnam und die Tradition des Pragmatismus, eds. Marie-Luise Raters and Marcus Willaschek (Suhrkamp, 2002), pp. 404-36.

Review of Jerry Fodor, Concepts, in Mind 110 (April 2001), pp. 469-75. [pdf]

Review of Fiona Cowie, What's Within? Nativism Reconsidered, in The Philosophical Review 110 (January 2001), pp. 94-7. [pdf]

Vagueness in Context. In Proceedings of the Twenty-Second Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, eds. Lila Gleitman and Avarind Joshi (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2000), pp. 208-13.

Essays on Linguistic Context-Sensitivity and its Philosophical Significance. Studies in Philosophy: Outstanding Dissertations (Routledge, 2001).

Contents: Introduction; I. The Pervasiveness and Utility of Context-Sensitivity; II. What is a Context?; III. Context-Sensitivity and Truth-Theoretic Accounts of Semantic Competence; IV. Context, Vagueness, and the Sorites Paradox; V. Context and Ontology (Some Initial Considerations).