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Department of Philosophy


Brett Sherman

Title: Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Department: Philosophy
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: Close-Hipp 516
Resources: Department of Philosophy
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Linguistics Program 
Brett Sherman


Ph.D. Princeton University, 2008
A.B. Harvard University, 2000

Research Interests

My research focuses on questions in the philosophy of language and epistemology. I am currently working on a project concerning the relation between open questions and modal concepts (those that pertain to what is possible and what is necessary). I am also interested in the ways in which linguistic meaning depends on the context in which linguistic expressions are used. I have defended a position that I call Context Constructivism, according to which the context in which an indexical gets its content is constructed by the conversational participants. In epistemology, I am interested in the connection between what we know and what we trust to be the case.

Regularly Taught Courses 

  • PHIL 114 - Introduction to Formal Logic I
  • PHIL 115 - Introduction to Formal Logic II
  • PHIL 350 - Knowledge and Reality
  • PHIL 351 - Mind and Nature
  • PHIL 719 - Semantic Theory
  • PHIL 763 - Epistemology

Recent Publications

  • "Ambivalence, Uncertainty, and Modality." (with Barry Lam.) In Berit Brogaard and Dimitria Electra Gatzia (eds.), Being of Two Minds: The Philosophy and Psychology of Ambivalence. New York: Routledge. 2021.
  • "Open Questions and Epistemic Necessity." The Philosophical Quarterly. Vol. 68, Num. 273, 819-840. 2018.
  • "'According to' Phrases and Epistemic Modals." Natural Language and Linguistic Theory. Vol. 36, Num. 2, 627-636. 2018.
  • "Constructing Contexts." Ergo. Vol. 2, Num. 23, 581-605. 2015.
  • Metasemantics. (co-edited with Alexis Burgess.) New York: Oxford University Press. 2014.
  • "Knowledge and Assumptions." (with Gilbert Harman.) Philosophical Studies. Vol. 156, Num. 1, 131-140. 2011.

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