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 Interview, Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies: May 27, 2010, 2009-2010   
    • 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   

    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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