From 1st October 2018, Mark Bowker will be a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow at Univeristy College Dublin, supervised by Maria Baghramian. Prior to that, Mark was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, supervised by Kristina Liefke. Mark's primary philosophical interests are philosophy of language, philosophical linguistics, and related issues in epistemology and philosophy of mind. He is particularly interested in the nature of semantic content and its role in communication. Mark's project is titled 'Meaning and Meaninglessness: A Nihilist Account of Generics'.
Mark Bowker received his PhD in Philosophy in 2016 from the University of St Andrews. His dissertation Saying Nothing focused on semantic underdetermination, arguing that successful communication never requires the expression of semantic content; utterances only need to sufficiently restrict their viable interpretations. During his PhD, Mark was supervised by Patrick Greenough and Andy Egan.
My paper Underdetermination, Domain Restriction, and Theory Choice is now available online.
Talk: CCC2, Univeristy of Warsaw
Title: Generics Without Truth-Conditions
Generics are analysed as incomplete structures that must be assigned a quantiﬁer to determine truthconditions. As contexts are regularly consistent with diﬀerent assignments, generics are consistent with diﬀerent truth-conditional interpretations.
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.
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.
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.