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Here are some of the projects I've been working on recently.

Some remarks on Mach's philosophical doctrines

I examine the relations between the thesis of the economy of thought, phenomenalism, and naturalism. Forthcoming in Ernst Mach: Life, Work, and Influence.
Penultimate draft: pdf

A contextualist analysis of insults

I defend a view that insults are instruments of rhetorical persuasion serving to ostracise their target. In Modeling and Using Context (P. Brézillon, R. Turner, and C. Penco eds.), Springer (2017), pp. 661-677.
Penultimate draft: pdf

A naturalist view of humiliation

I explore the links between humiliation, ostracism, and social pain. In: Phenomenology and Mind, 11: 78-86 (2016).

A Hobbesian theory of shame

I defend the connection between shame and injury to self-esteem. In: Southern Journal of Philosophy, 53(2): 125-150 (2015).

Gratitude, self-interest, and love

I enquire into the nature of gratitude, with Hobbes' view being my starting point. In: Philosophia, 42(3): 645-664 (2014).

Two notions of shame

Here I explore the relationship between shame, desire, and self-esteem. In: Ratio, 27(3): 328-349 (2014).

The possibility of modified hedonism

A popular objection to hedonist accounts of personal welfare has been the experience machine argument. Several modifications of traditional hedonism have been proposed in response. Here I argue that all of them fail, for different reasons. In: Theoria, 78(3): 186-212 (2012).

Prichard's heresy

I examine H. A. Prichard's claim that Aristotle was a closeted hedonist. In: Philosophy, 86(4): 503-524 (2011).

Some remarks on Mthat

I examine Josef Stern's theory of metaphor in its relation to the contextualist debate. In: Meaning and Context (L. Baptista and E. Rast eds.), Peter Lang, 2010, pp. 213-234.
Penultimate draft: pdf

Possible worlds: a neo-Fregean alternative

I implement a neo-Fregean strategy in the debate over the nature of possible worlds. In: Axiomathes 21(4): 531-551 (2011).

Lewis' reduction of modality

I present two familiar and two novel arguments against David Lewis' realism about possible worlds. In: Acta Analytica 26(2): 95-114 (2011).

Reichenbach and Weyl on apriority and mathematical applicability

I examine the affinity between Reichenbach's axioms of coordination and Weyl's blank forms. Michael Friedman's take on the constitutive a priori provides a background to the discussion. In: Synthese 181(1): 63-77 (2011).

Review

Review of A Computational Model of Natural Language Communication, by R. Hausser. In: Natural Language Engineering 15(3): 455-457 (2009).

Surprising user-friendliness

Here I ask whether the fact of mathematical usefulness in physical sciences is a surprising phenomenon. In: Logique et Analyse 45(179-180): 283-297 (2002).

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