About Scott Soames

I was an undergraduate in philosophy at Stanford University, and a graduate student studying Linguistics and Philosophy at M. I. T., where I received my Ph.D. in philosophy in 1976. I taught philosophy at Yale University from 1976 - 1980, when I moved to Princeton University, where I taught from 1980 - 2004. I joined the faculty of USC in the Fall of 2004, where I have been Director of the School of Philosophy since 2007. My specialties are the philosophy of language, history of analytic philosophy, and the philosophy of law.

 My books include: Rethinking Language, Mind, and Meaning (Princeton University Press, 2015), The Analytic Tradition in Philosophy, Vol 1: Founding Giants (Princeton University Press, 2014), Analytic Philosophy in America, and other Historical and Contemporary Essays (Princeton University Press, 2014), What is Meaning? (Princeton University Press 2010), Philosophy of Language (Princeton University Press, 2010), Collected Essays, Volumes 1 and 2, (Princeton University Press, 2009), Reference and Description (Princeton University Press, 2005), Philosophical Analysis in the Twentieth Century, Volumes 1 and 2 (Princeton University Press, 2003), Beyond Rigidity (Oxford University Press, 2002), and Understanding Truth (Oxford University Press, 1999).  In addition, I am co-author, with Jeff King and Jeff Speaks, of New Thinking about Propositions (Oxford University Press 2014), and co-author, with David Perlmutter, of Syntactic Argumentation and the Structure of English, (University of California Press, 1979).  I am co-editor, with Andre Marmor, of Philosophical Foundations of Language in the Law, (Oxford University Press, 2012), and co-editor, with Nathan Salmon, of Propositions and Attitudes, (Oxford University Press, 1988).

I am presently working on a new book, The Analytic Tradition in Philosophy, Vol 2: A New Philosophical Vision, forthcoming from Princeton University Press.

  • Scott Soames
  • Professor of Philosophy
  • USC School of Philosophy
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