James Kirkpatrick

james kirkpatrick
2019 - 2021 Stipendiary Lecturer in Philosophy, Somerville College
2015 - 2019 DPhil in Philosophy, University of Oxford
2013 - 2015 BPhil in Philosophy, University of Oxford
2012 - 2013 MLitt in Philosophy, Universities of St Andrews and Stirling
2009 - 2012 BA in Philosophy, University of Reading
2018 'Permissibility and the Aggregation of Risks', Utilitas 30(1), pp. 107–119.
2015 'Broome's Theory of Fairness and the Problem of Quantifying Strengths of Claims', Utilitas 27(1), pp. 82–91. (w/h Nick Eastwood)

My research focuses mainly on philosophy of language. I am particularly interested in the meaning of generic sentences, definite descriptions, proper names, and conditionals, as well as foundational issues in formal semantics. I also work on related issues in epistemology and ethics. My DPhil thesis focused on the meaning of generic sentences, such as ‘Ravens are black’ and ‘Ducks lay eggs’. More specifically, I defended a modal theory of generic sentences based on some novel observations about how generics behave in complex linguistic environments.