Research Group in Analytic Philosophy

Dan Zeman

I got my B.A. in Philosophy from Universitatea de Vest, Timisoara, Romania. From January 2007 to April 2011 I was enrolled in the Department of Logic, History and Philosophy of Science, University of Barcelona, doing a PhD within the Cognitive Science and Language programe under the supervision of Genoveva Marti and Josep Macia. Visiting stages at ARCHÉ, University of St Andrews (September - December 2008), Institut Jean Nicod, Paris (October 2009 - February 2010) and Northern Institute of Philosophy, Aberdeen (May - July 2011). From October 2011 I am a postdoctoral fellow at Institut Jean Nicod.

Dan Zeman


LOGOS-Grup de Recerca en Lògica, Llenguatge i Cognició

Universitat de Barcelona

Facultat de Filosofia

C. Montalegre, 6-8, 4a planta, desp. 4090

Barcelona 08001


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My main interests are philosophy of language and formal semantics. I'm most interested in ways of modelling the phenomenon of context-sensitivity, broadly construed. Specifically, I'm interested in the issue of implicit communication and implicit content. 

My thesis is about "unarticulated constituents" - especially in connection with locational expressions and predicates of personal taste. The thesis contains an exploration of the notion of an "unarticulated constituent", a discussion of the "weatherman scenario" (from Recanati (2002)) and its interpretations, and a survey of answers to the general form of argument known as "the Binding Argument" (proposed for locational expressions by Stanley (2000)). I also offer a solution to a recent Binding Argument directed against relativism for predicates of personal taste (Schaffer (forthcoming)) consisting in appeal to "variadic functions" - a technical device employed by Recanati in his answer to the Binding Argument for locations. Although not fully arguing for it in my thesis, I endorse relativism about truth for several domains, such as predicates of personal taste, knowledge attributions, epistemic modals, etc.

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