Seth Yalcin: "Epistemic Modality De Re"

Philosophy Colloquium

October 17, 2013


November 14, 2013


Humanities 1, 210

I describe some new puzzles about the interaction of epistemic modality with quantification. I offer to dissolve the puzzles using a nonstandard kind of situation semantics. On the theory I develop, possibilities are partial, and quantification involves tacit modality.

(Ph.D., MIT) Professor Yalcin works primarily in the philosophy of language, though his research extends to issues in the philosophy of mind, metaphysics, formal epistemology, and linguistics. Yalcin runs the Meaning Sciences Club at UC Berkeley, which is focused on semantics and related topics in syntax, pragmatics, logic, cognitive science, and the philosophy of language.  Yalcin is also co-organizer of The History and Philosophy of Logic, Mathematics, and Science group at UC Berkeley, a Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities Working Group devoted to the discussion of historical and philosophical issues in symbolic logic, mathematics, and science.