Thomas William Strickland Hodgson

Portrait of Thomas Hodgson by Maria Jaszczurowska


Thomas Hodgson is a philosopher who works on philosophy of language, metaphysics, and philosophy of mind.

‘Hodgson’ is written in Chinese as: 霍奇森.

Thomas Hodgson is a Specially Appointed Research Professor at the School of Philosophy and Sociology at Shanxi University.

Thomas Hodgson was a Teaching Fellow at the Department of Philosophy at King's College London, a University Tutor at the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen's University Belfast, a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Philosophy at University College Dublin funded by the Irish Research Council, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Thomas Hodgson got his PhD in Philosophy from the University of St Andrews. He was a member of the Arché research centre as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project Contextualism and Relativism. His thesis is titled Propositions: An Essay on Linguistic Content. His supervisors were Herman Cappelen and François Recanati.

Thomas Hodgson edits the Propositions category on PhilPapers.


Dr Thomas William Strickland Hodgson
School of Philosophy and Sociology, Shanxi University

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Journal articles

Hodgson, T. (forthcoming). Russellians should have a no proposition view of empty names. Inquiry. This is a companion to my ‘Russellians can have a no proposition view of empty names’.

Hodgson, T. (2021). Grammar constrains acts of predication. Inquiry.

Hodgson, T. (2021). Neutral predication. Erkenntnis, 86, 1381–1389.

Hodgson, T. (2021). Act-type theories of propositions. Philosophy Compass, 16(11).

Hodgson, T. (2021). Teaching & learning guide for: Act-type theories of propositions. Philosophy Compass, 16(12).

Hodgson, T. (2020). Russellians can solve the problem of empty names with nonsingular propositions. Synthese, 197, 5411–5433.

Hodgson, T. (2020). The structure of content is not transparent. Topoi, 39, 425–437.

Hodgson, T. (2018). Meaning underdetermines what is said, therefore utterances express many propositions. Dialectica, 72(2), 165–189.

Hodgson, T. (2018). Russellians can have a no proposition view of empty names. Inquiry, 61(7), 670–691.

Hodgson, T. (2013). Why we should not identify sentence structure with propositional structure. Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 43(5–6), 612–633.

Hodgson, T. (2012). Propositions, structure and representation. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 112(3), 339–349.

Book chapters

Hodgson, T. (forthcoming). Propositions as interpreted abstracta. In A. Murray & C. Tillman (Eds.), Routledge handbook of propositions. Routledge.

Working papers and proceedings

Hodgson, T. (2012). Structured propositions and shared content. In P. Stalmaszczyk (Ed.), Philosophical and formal approaches to linguistic analysis (pp. 177–195). Ontos Verlag. (proceedings of PhiLang 2011)

Hodgson, T. (2012). Underdeterminacy and attitude-reports. Philosophical Writings, 77–85. (proceedings of the 2011 BPPA Graduate Conference)

Hodgson, T. (2011). Underdeterminacy and attitude-reports. UCL Working Papers in Linguistics, 23, 21–46.

Book reviews

Hodgson, T. (2021). Fictional Discourse: A Radical Fictionalist Semantics [Review of Fictional Discourse: A Radical Fictionalist Semantics, by S. Predelli]. Analysis, 80(4), 834–836. Free access

Hodgson, T. (2016). Propositions [Review of Propositions, by T. Merricks]. International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 24(4), 585–587.

Hodgson, T. (2014). New Thinking about Propositions [Review of New Thinking about Propositions, by J. C. King, S. Soames, & J. Speaks]. Polish Journal of Philosophy, 8(2), 80–83.


Hodgson, T. (2013). Propositions: an essay on linguistic content [PhD, University of St Andrews].

Ben Caplan and Chris Tillman's ‘Benacerraf's Revenge’ cites a manuscript titled ‘What Propositions Are’ which became chapter one of my thesis.



Thomas Hodgson has taught logic, ethics and metaethics, philosophy of language, history of analytic philosophy, programming to cognitive science students, and philosophy of medicine to medical students at the University of St Andrews, University College Dublin, Queen's University Belfast, and King's College London.

Thomas Hodgson was module coordinator for the undergraduate module Philosophy of Communication at University College Dublin: syllabus.

Thomas Hodgson was module coordinator for the undergraduate and MA module Philosophy of Language at King's College London.