Eliot Michaelson

Most of my research is in philosophy of language. There, I've largely focused on the question of what meaning and reference are, and how these relate to things that we do with language—like lie to each other. Like many philosophers, however, there's very little in the field I'm not ultimately interested in. Some other questions I've worked on are: what are skills, and how are these related to our higher mental capacities? What are colors? And are we permitted to eat different sorts of non-human animals? For a more extensive overview of my work on reference, lying, and eating fish, please see the interview I recently did in 3:AM Magazine.


Published and Forthcoming Papers

Language

The Lying Test, Mind & Language 31(4): 470-499, 2016 [abstract].

Introduction for Inquiry Symposium on Imagination and Convention, with Josh Armstrong, Inquiry, 59(2): 139-144, 2016.

Reference, with Marga Reimer, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Winter 2014 Edition.

Shifty Characters, Philosophical Studies 167(3): 519-540, 2014 [abstract].

Indexicality and the Answering Machine Paradox, with Jonathan Cohen, Philosophy Compass 8(6): 580-592, 2013 [abstract].

Knowledge

Lying, Testimony, and Epistemic Vigilance, forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Lying, Oxford University Press [abstract].

Doing Without Believing, with Michael Brownstein, Synthese 193(9): 2815-2836, 2016 [abstract].

Ethics

The Lies We Tell Each Other Together, forthcoming in Lying: Language, Knowledge, Ethics, Politics (eds. Eliot Michaelson and Andreas Stokke), Oxford University Press [abstract].

Ethics for Fish, with Andrew Reisner, in The Oxford Handbook of Food Ethics (eds. Anne Barnhill, Mark Budolfson, and Tyler Doggett), Oxford University Press: 189-206, 2018 [abstract].

Act Consequentialism and Inefficacy, in The Ethics of Food: An Introductory Textbook (eds. Anne Barnhill, Mark Budolfson, and Tyler Doggett), Oxford University Press: 210-214, 2016 [abstract].

A Kantian Response to Futility Worries?, in The Ethics of Food: An Introductory Textbook (eds. Anne Barnhill, Mark Budolfson, and Tyler Doggett), Oxford University Press: 215-218, 2016 [abstract].

Metaethics

Justice for Unicorns, Proceedings of the Aristotelean Society 112(3): 351-360, 2012 [abstract].

Book Reviews

Review of Alessandra Giorgi's About the Speaker, Mind 125(498): 562-565, 2016.

Review of Jennifer Saul's Lying, Misleading, and What is Said, Journal of Moral Philosophy 13: 491-494, 2016.


Papers in Progress

Lies and Deception: Conscientiously Uncoupled, with Andreas Stokke [abstract].

Meta-metasemantics, or The Quest for the One True Metasemantics, with Ethan Nowak [abstract].

Discourse and Methodological Form, with Ethan Nowak [abstract].

Towards a Grand Unified Theory of Reference [abstract].

Speaker's Reference, Semantic Reference, Sneaky Reference [abstract].

Vague Thoughts, Vague Quantifiers [abstract].

Keeping it Real, with Zed Adams (down for revisions; please email me for a current draft) [abstract].

Knowledge How by Acquaintance (down for revisions; please email me for a current draft) [abstract].


Dissertation

This and That: A Theory of Reference for Names, Demonstratives, and Things in Between [abstract].