Kenneth Taylor

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    Name:Kenneth Taylor
    Title:Henry Waldgrave Stuart Professor of Philosophy
    Additional Appointments:Director, Symbolic Systems Program
    Stanford Philosophy Department Member:Yes
    Areas of Specialization:Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, Pragmatics, Normativity
    Primary Phone:650 723-1840
    Office Number (physical):Building 100, 102N
    Research Interests

    I am currently working on three books, in various stages of completion.  The most nearly complete is a book about reference called Referring to the World:  An Opinionated Introduction to the Theory of Reference.  It was commissioned by Oxford ages ago and should be finished soon -- any day now.   The second book, which is a longer term project is called Toward a Natural History of Normativity.  It contains a naturalization of many things normative -- including ethical norms, linguistic norms, epistemic norms, and logical norms.   The third book, which is still a bit of a gleam in my eyes,  will be called Pragmatics Everywhere.  It grows out of my most recent work on the pragmatics of communication -- about which I have written a fair amount, but in somewhat scattered and occasional form.   This book will collect my thoughts on pragmatics under one heading. 

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    In my spare time,  I also co-host a nationally syndicated radio show, called Philosophy Talk   We bill ourselves as  the Program that Questions Everything ---  Except Your Intelligence.   I do this with  my friend, colleague and collaborator, John Perry.   Unbelievably,  we've been at it for five years now and are still going strong. 


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