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Scott Soames

Distinguished Professor of Philosophy

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Phone: (213) 740-0798
Office: STO 223

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Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1/1976

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Scott Soames specializes in the philosophy of language and the history of analytic philosophy. He has published extensively on truth, reference, meaning, the relationship between semantics and pragmatics, and the nature of syntactic and semantic theories of natural languages. Specific topics of his scholarly interest include names, natural kind terms, descriptions, pronominal anaphora, propositions and propositional attitudes, vagueness, presupposition, partially defined predicates, the so-called rule following paradox, and the indeterminacy of translation.

Research Specialties

Philosophy of Language, History of Analytic Philosophy

Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

Online Video, NYU Journal of Law and Liberty Spring 2011 Symposium: Generalist Panel, 2010-2011   
Online Video, Discussion with Dean of the School of Philosophy, and Professors of the Department of Foreign Philosophy, at Moscow State University, 2010-2011   
Online Video Interview, Interview on The Browser: Soames on the Philosophy of Language, 2010-2011   
Online Video Interview, Jurisprudence Jotwell: The Journal of Things We Really Like (Lots), University of Miami School of Law"when-is-using-a-firearm-not-really"-an-eminent-philosopher-of-language-helps-us-decide/, 2010-2011   
Online Video Interview, Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies: May 27, 2010, 2009-2010   

Service to the Profession

Editorships and Editorial Boards

International Advisory Board Member, Analytica, 2006-  
Editorial Advisory Board Member, Philosophical Perspectives, 2006-  
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