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Scott Soames

Public Lecture 3pm - 5pm, Tate Hall 215

March 16, 2015

Prof. Scott Soames was an undergraduate in philosophy at Stanford University, and a graduate student studying Linguistics and Philosophy at M. I. T., where he received my Ph.D. in philosophy in 1976. He taught philosophy at Yale University from 1976 – 1980, when he moved to Princeton University, where he taught from 1980 – 2004. He joined the faculty of USC in the Fall of 2004, where he has been Director of the School of Philosophy since 2007. His specialties are the philosophy of language, history of analytic philosophy, and the philosophy of law.

Soames’s books include: The Analytic Tradition in Philosophy, Vol 1: Founding Giants (Princeton University Press, 2014), Analytic Philosophy in America, and other Historical and Contemporary Essays (Princeton University Press, 2014), What is Meaning? (Princeton University Press 2010), Philosophy of Language(Princeton University Press, 2010), Collected Essays, Volumes 1 and 2, (Princeton University Press, 2009), Reference and Description (Princeton University Press, 2005), Philosophical Analysis in the Twentieth Century, Volumes 1 and 2 (Princeton University Press, 2003), Beyond Rigidity (Oxford University Press, 2002), and Understanding Truth (Oxford University Press, 1999). In addition, he is co-author, with Jeff King and Jeff Speaks, of New Thinking about Propositions (Oxford University Press 2014), and co-author, with David Perlmutter, of Syntactic Argumentation and the Structure of English, (University of California Press, 1979). He is co-editor, with Andre Marmor, ofPhilosophical Foundations of Language in the Law, (Oxford University Press, 2012), and co-editor, with Nathan Salmon, of Propositions and Attitudes, (Oxford University Press, 1988).

Soames is presently working on a new book, Rethinking Language, Mind, and Meaning, growing out of his 2013 Carl G. Hempel Lectures at Princeton University.

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