In the philosophy of language, we have a distinctive interest in the connections between traditional philosophical concerns, such as the relation between language and thought, and recent developments within linguistics, AI, and psycholinguistics as well as experimental philosophy and mathematical social science. This work exhibits a rich engagement with empirical work and more familiar philosophical theorising. The shared focus is a concern for the nature and reliability of language as a representational system.
Propositions and linguistic meaning
J. Collins (2017): On the Linguistic Status of Context Sensitivity. In B. Hale et al. (eds.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Language. Second Edition. Wiley Blackwell.
J. Collins (2014): The Nature of Linguistic Variables. Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy Online, November 2014: 1-24.
J. Collins (2013): The Syntax of Personal Taste. Philosophical Perspectives, 27, 55-103.
Stereotypes & Schemas
E. Fischer & P.E. Engelhardt (2017): Stereotypical Inferences: Philosophical Relevance and Psycholinguistic Toolkit. Ratio, 30, 411–442.
E. Fischer & P.E. Engelhardt (2016): Intuitions’ Linguistic Sources: Stereotypes, Intuitions, and Illusions. Mind and Language, 31, 67-103.
Metaphor & Analogy
E. Fischer (2017): Two Analogy Strategies. The Cases of Mind Metaphors and Introspection. Connection Science.
E. Fischer (2015): Mind the Metaphor! A Systematic Fallacy in Analogical Reasoning. Analysis, 75, 67-77
E. Fischer (2014): Philosophical Intuitions, Heuristics, and Metaphors. Synthese, 191, 569-606.