- Associate Professor
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Philosophers tend to believe that our use of language is governed by rules. Although this way of thinking is useful for certain purposes, it is inaccurate as a description of our everyday discourse, which is inevitably vague. This project proposes a conception of language which is based on decision-making (rather than rule-following), and shows that it dovetails with current linguistic theory. A distinctive feature of the project is that it based on an unorthodox methodology: the idea that traditional concerns in metaphysics should be disallowed as admissible constraints on philosophical theorizing. When metaphysical baggage is set aside, novel avenues of investigation become available, and long-standing philosophical problems can be addressed in natural and systematic ways.