Matthew Mandelkern

All Souls College
University of Oxford
Oxford, OX1 4AL UK

Here is my CV.

I am a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. I work mainly on the philosophy of language, with interests in a variety of related topics in philosophy, as well as related work in linguistics and cognitive science.

More specifically, I study how we communicate: how our abstract representations of the world interact with our concrete practices of conversation. I focus on three phenomena. The first is the language of epistemic modality. In my dissertation, I gave a new account of how we use epistemic modal claims to negotiate about what possibilities are treated as live in a conversation. The second is practical language: how we talk and think about abilities, freedom, and luck. The third is semantic presupposition. Why, and how, does some content escape operators which otherwise cancel entailments, and what does this tell us about the structure of language and thought?