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Steven Davis


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Steven Davis is a professor of philosophy and an adjunct professor in the Cognitive Science Programme at Carleton University. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Montreal and McGill University. He is an emeritus professor at Simon Fraser University where he taught from 1974 to 2004. He has also taught at a number of other universities, including the University of Pittsburgh, State University of New York-Albany, Boston University and the University of Oslo.

His research interests include the philosophy of mind/language, pragmatics, and semantics. His recent work is on demonstratives.

He is also the director of the Centre on Values and Ethics at Carleton University.


Semantics: A Reader, editor (with Brendan Gillon) (Oxford University Press: New York) (forthcoming).

Color Perception, editor (Oxford University Press: New York) 2000.

The Canadian Charter of Rights: Ten Years, editor, (with Philip Bryden and John Russell), (University of Toronto Press) 1994.

Connectionism: Theory and Practice, editor, (Oxford University Press: New York) 1992.

Pragmatics: A Reader, editor, (Oxford University Press: New York) 1991.

Causal Theories of Mind, editor, (Walter de Gruyter Press: Berlin) 1983.

Montague Grammar, Philosophy and Linguistics, editor (with M.M. Williams), (University of Texas Press: Austin) 1979.

Philosophy and Language, (Bobbs-Merrill: Indianapolis) 1976.

Recent Articles

“Epistemology, Conversation and Norms," Mind and Language (2003).

“Quinean Interpretation and Anti-Vernacularism,” in Ellipsis and non-sentential speech, (eds.) R. Elugardo and R. Stainton, (Amsterdam: Kluwer) (forthcoming)

“Arguments for Externalism,” in Themes from Burge, (ed.) Juan Acero (CSLI: Palo Alto) (2003)

"Utterance Acts and Speech Acts," in Essays in Speech Act Theory (Pragmatics & Beyond NS 77), S. Kubo and D. Vanderveken (eds.), (Amsterdam: John Benjamins) 2002 135-150