Mark Bowker

Mark's research lies at the intersection of philosophy of language, linguistics, and philosophy of mind. He is particularly interested in the nature of semantic content and its role in communication.

In 2016, Mark received a PhD in Philosophy from the University of St Andrews. His dissertation argued that successful assertion does not require the expression of truth-conditions. Mark Bowker was supervised by Patrick Greenough and Andy Egan.





Available online

My paper Saying a Bundle: Meaning, Intention, and Underdetermination is now available online.


Saying a Bundle: Meaning, Intention, and Underdetermination has now been accepted for publication in Synthese.


My paper Underdetermination, Domain Restriction, and Theory Choice has now been accepted for publication in Mind & Language.

Talk: PLM4

Title: Semantic Restrictivism.

I present the restrictivist approach to semantics, on which the words, structure, and context of utterances restrict their propositional interpretations without determining a unique propositional content. The view is deployed to explain Travis-style cases of lexical underdetermination, nonsentential assertion, and generics.

Talk: ECAP9

Title: Reviving Semantic Descriptivism.

I argue that Kripke misinterprets Russellian descriptivism. Russell's actual theory avoids Kripke's objections.

Insults, Lies, and Bullshit

Module outline now available. Teaching starts 25 April.


Rich Situated Attitudes, a joint paper by Kristina Liefke and Mark Bowker has been accepted for publication in Lecture Notes in Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence.

Workshop: Situations, Information, and Situated Content

From 16th-18th December, Kristina Liefke and Mark Bowker hosted a workshop at the MCMP: Situations, Information, and Situated Content. Speakers included Robin Cooper, Nikola Kompa, Sebastian Löbner, Roussanka Loukanova, Friedrike Moltmann, Floris Roelofsen, Markus Werning, and Thomas Ede Zimmermann.

Talk: LENLS 13

On 15th November, Mark presented a paper written in collaboration with Kristina Liefke at LENLS 13 in Tokyo, Japan.

The paper was titled Rich situated propositions: the 'right' objects for the content of propositional attitudes.