Thomas William Strickland Hodgson

I am a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Philosophy at University College Dublin funded by the Irish Research Council.

I was previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México/National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

I’m interested in whether the meanings of words and thoughts are fixed purely by what is in the head of the speaker or thinker. (I think that they aren’t.) I’m interested in how words and thoughts connect us to the world; I’m particularly interested in puzzles that arise when there is nothing to connect us to. I’m interested in how we talk about mental states, and about whether such talk commits us to the claim that there are entities that are the contents of such states. (I think that it does, and that this leads to new problems and puzzles.) I’m interested in those entities and how they might fit into our picture of the world. I’m interested in linguistic communication, and in the way that it seems to involve the interaction of several distinct capacities; this is where my interests most closely connect to work in linguistics and cognitive science.

In terms familiar to philosophers, I’m interested in:

I got my PhD in Philosophy from the University of St Andrews in 2013. My thesis is titled Propositions: An Essay on Linguistic Content. My supervisors were Herman Cappelen and François Recanati.

During my PhD I was a member of the Contextualism and Relativism and Philosophical Methodology projects at the Arché research centre. I was a visitor at the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at University College London, the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature at the University of Oslo, and the Department of Philosophy at Rutgers University.

I grew up in Nottingham, England.

I edit the Propositions category on PhilPapers.

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