Mark McCullagh | College of Arts

Mark McCullagh

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Associate Professor
MacKinnon 347


My academic training was at the University of Toronto and the University of Pittsburgh where I completed my PhD in 1997 under the direction of Robert Brandom.


I work in philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and epistemology. Currently I’m working (in collaboration with Juhani Yli-Vakkuri) on the semantics and pragmatics of distributed utterances: utterances that are (more than usually) spread out in time or space, or made partly by one speaker and partly by another. (The simplest example is a slow utterance of “Now I’m starting my sentence, and now I’m finishing it.”) I am also interested in the theory of concept possession, in particular the challenges to it posed by the phenomena first highlighted in Benson Mates’s famous examples of expressions multiply embedded within the scopes of attitude verbs.



Recent publications:

Distributed utterances [penultimate version]. Forthcoming in The architecture of context and context-sensitivity, edited by Tadeusz Ciecierski and Paweł Grabarczy. Dordrecht: Springer.

Kinds of monsters and kinds of compositionality. Analysis 78 (2018): 657–66.

Russellianism unencumbered. Philosophical Studies 174 (2017): 2819–43.

Scare-quoting and incorporation. In The semantics and pragmatics of quotation, edited by Paul Saka and Michael Johnson, 3–34. Dordrecht: Springer, 2017.

For full list see my PhilPeople page.