Singular Thought: A New View of Thought About Individuals


Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars




For residence at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences


I aim to complete a book manuscript on singular thoughts and singular attitudes and their connections with theories of reference. My book will advance a new theory of singular thought and demonstrate its importance to philosophy, linguistics, and psycho-semantics. My theorizing about singular thought is rooted in analytic philosophy of language and mind, but I also bolster my view by forging connections to semantic theories of discourse and psycholinguistic theories about learning the meanings of words and reference-determination. My book will apply the theory of singular thought to our thought about ourselves and our thought about natural numbers, and consequently will have wide-ranging impact within philosophy, extending into theories of agency and the epistemology of mathematics.