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Eros Corazza


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1986 Licence es Lettres, University of Geneva, Switzerland
1988 MA, Indiana University, Bloomington IN, USA. Supervisor: Prof. Castañeda
1992 PhD, The University of Geneva, Switzerland. Supervisor: Prof. J. Bouveresse and Prof. K. Mulligan

Areas of Competence:

Philosophy of Language/Logic, Philosophy of Linguistic, Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology, Wittgenstein

Academic Positions:

•Senior Lecturer, Dept. Philosophy, The University of Nottingham
•Research Associate: Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris, France 
•Visiting Professor, University of Fribourg (Spring Semester 2003)
•Visiting Scholar, CSLI, Stanford University, University of California LA, University of California Riverside, University of Florida (1992-1995)


1995: Prix Adolphe Neumann (University of Geneva) for the book Référence, Contexte et Attitudes
1995: Prix Amiel (University of Geneva) for the book Référence, Contexte et Attitudes
1992: Prix William Rivier (University of Lausanne), for my work on reference within the philosophy of language
1987: Prix Humbert, for my “Mémoire de Licence”: Images, Référence et Essence. La théorie picturale du langage et le problème de la référence dans la philosophie de L. Wittgenstein.


2002: AHRB (Arts and Humanities Research Board) Research Leave Scheme. Autumn Semester 
2001: A two months fellowship for “accueil en France de chercheurs étrangers de haut niveau et de renommée internationale.” From “Ministère français de la recherche”: Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris, France
1993-1995: Fellowship for “chercheur avancé” of the Swiss National Foundation of Scientific Research: Stanford University, Dept. of Philosophy and CSLI; UCLA, UC Riverside, University of Florida Gainesville, USA
1992-1993: Fellowship of the Swiss National Foundation of Scientific Research: Stanford University, Dept. of Philosophy and CSLI, USA
1987-1988: Fulbright Grant: Dept. of Philosophy, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA
1986-1987: Fellowship of the “Ministero italiano della cultura”: University of Milan, Italy



•1995, Référence, Contexte, et Attitudes, Ed. Vrin/Bellarmin, Paris-Montréal, (xvi+219p.) ISBN 2-7116-9767-3 (Vrin), 2-89007-801-9 (Bellarmin)

•1993, (with Jérôme Dokic), Penser en Contexte: Le Phénomène de l’Indexicalité. Suivie de Perry, J., “Frege et les Démonstratifs et Evans, G. “Comprendre les Démonstratifs”, Editions de l’Eclat, Paris, (143p.), ISSN 1151-647X, ISBN 2-905372-77-X

In Preparation

•Reflecting the Mind: An Essay on Indexicality and How We Ascribe it

•The Language-Thought Debate [a long term project]


•2003, “Complex Demonstratives qua Singular terms”, Erkenntnis, ISNN 0165-0106, forthcoming

•2003, “Kinds of Context: A Wittgensteinian Approach to Proper Names and Indexicals”, Philosophical Investigations, ISSN 0190-0536, forthcoming

•2003, “Indexicals, Fiction, and Ficta” (with M. Whitsey), Dialectica, ISSN 0012-2017, forthcoming

•2003, “On the Alleged Ambiguity of ‘Now’ and ‘Here’”, Synthese, ISNN 0039-7857, forthcoming

•2003, “Thinking the Unthinkable: An Excursion into Z-land”, in O’Rourke M. & Washington C. (eds.), Situating Semantics: Essays on the Philosophy of John Perry, MIT Publications, Cambridge Mass., forthcoming

•2003, “Singular Propositions, Quasi-Singular Propositions, and Reports”, Kepa Korta (ed.), Semantics, Pragmatics, and Rhetoric, CSLI Publications, Stanford, 

•2002, “‘She’ and ‘He’: Politically Correct Pronouns”, Philosophical Studies, Vol. 111, No. 2, pp. 173-96, ISNN 0033-8116

•2002, “Description-Names”, Journal of Philosophical Logic, Vol. 31. No. 4, pp. 313-26, ISNN 0022-3611

•2002, “Reports and Imagination”, Protosociology: Semantic Theory and Reported Speech, Vol. 17, pp. 76-96, ISSN 0940-4147

•2002, “Temporal Indexicals and Temporal Terms”, Synthese, Vol. 130, No. 3, pp. 441-460, ISSN 0039-7857

•2002, “Who is I?” (with W. Fish and J. Gorvett), Philosophical Studies, Vol. 107, No. 1, pp. 1-21, ISSN 0033-8116 

•2001, “Understanding ‘I’: A Wittgensteinian Perspective”, Wittgenstein Studies, No. 2, pp. 23-33, ISSN 1439-7668, ISBN 3-631-36350-8

•1999, “Washing Away Original Sinn”, Dialogue, Vol. 38, No. 4, pp. 743-63, ISSN 0012-2173

•1999, “Indexicals and Demonstratives”, Keil, F. C. & Wilson R. A. (eds.), MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences, MIT, Cambridge Mass., pp. 393-95, ISBN 0-13-048539-1

•1999, “Indexicalité et Descriptions”, in Vallée, R. (ed.), Langage et Contexte: La Sémantique des Expressions Indexicales, Cahiers du CREA, Paris, pp. 23-60, ISSN 0984-5100

•1998, “Psychologism, Consumerism, and Russell’s Principle”, Lingua e Stile, No. 3, pp. 339-51, ISBN 88-15-06470-2

•1998, “She*: Pragmatically Imparted or Semantically Encoded?”, in Orilia, F. & Rapaport, W. J. (eds.), Thought, Language, and Ontology — Essays in Memory of H.-N. Castañeda, Kluver Academic Publisher, pp. 217-234, ISBN 0-7923-5197-5

•1997, “Référence Directe et Psychologisme”, Revue Philosophique, No.2, pp. 195-204, ISBN 02-13-048539-1

•1996, (with J. Dokic), “Un Aspet du Cartésianisme en Philosophie de l’Esprit”, Studia Philosophica, No. 55, pp. 301-330, ISBN 

•1995, (with J. Dokic) “Why is Frege’s Puzzle Still Puzzling?”, in Biro, J. and Kotatko, P. (eds.), Sense and Reference One Hundred Years Later, Kluver Academic Publisher, pp. 151-168, ISBN 0-7923-3795-6

•1995, “Je est un Autre”, Archives de Philosophie, Vol. 58, No. 2, pp. 199-212, 

•1994, “Perspectival Thoughts and Psychological Generalizations”, Dialectica, Vol. 48, No. 3-4, pp. 307-336, ISSN 0012-2017

•1994, “Fiction et Quantification”, in Critique et Différence: Actes du XXIIIème Congrès International de Philosophie de Langue Française (Sept. 1990), pp. 591-597, ISBN 9973-9921-0-5

•1994, “Valore Cognitivo, Stereotipi, e Contenuto”, in Ostinelli, M. & Pedroni, V. (eds.), Il Realismo Pragmatico di Hilary Putnam, Liguori, Napoli, pp. 165-176, ISBN 88-207-2403-0

•1993, “Fiction, Counterfactuals, and Truth”, Grazer Philosophische Studien, Vol. 45, pp.117-123, ISBN 90-5183-528-0

•1993, “Signification et Compréhension: Quelques Remarques à Partir du Cahier Brun”, in Leyvraz, J.-P. & Mulligan, K. (eds.), Wittgenstein Analysé, Jacqueline Chambon, Nîmes, pp.126-163, ISBN 2-87711-087-7

•1992, (with J. Dokic) “On the Cognitive Significance of Indexicals”, Philosophical Studies, Vol. 66, pp.183-196, ISSN 0033-8116

•1991, “Dire ‘Je’”, Dialogue, Vol. 30, No. 1/2, pp.51-75, ISSN 0012-2173

•1990, “Wittgenstein on Indexical Reference”, in, Haller R. & Brandl J. (eds.), Wittgenstein — Toward a Re-Evaluation, Verlag Hölder-Pichler-Tempsky, Wien, pp.182-86, ISBN 3-209-01122-2

•1989, “Actualisme et Possibilisme: L’Evaluation dans les Mondes Possibles”, Logique et Analyse, No. 125/126, pp.81-112, ISBN

•1989, “Quelques Remarques sur Thinking, Language, and Experience de H-N. Castañeda”, Studia Philosophica, Vol. 48, pp.185-96, ISBN 3-258-04089-3