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Michael McKinsey

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
Wayne State University

My research is in the Philosophy of Language and has primarily concerned the semantics of natural language, especially the meaning and reference of proper names, indexical and anaphoric pronouns, natural kind terms, and the meaning and logical form of cognitive ascriptions. I am also very interested in the relevance of these topics to traditional metaphysical questions in the Philosophy of Mind, including the nature of cognitive properties and the mind/body problem.

Subjects: Philosophy

Biography

My research is in the Philosophy of Language and has primarily concerned the semantics of natural language, especially the meaning and reference of proper names, indexical and anaphoric pronouns, natural kind terms, and the meaning and logical form of cognitive ascriptions. I am also very interested in the relevance of these topics to traditional metaphysical questions in the Philosophy of Mind, including the nature of cognitive properties and the mind/body problem, as well as to issues in the Philosophy of Logic, including the nature of logical truth and valid inference. I am the author of over thirty articles on these and other topics. Some recent articles include: "The Semantics of Belief Ascriptions," (Nous); “On Knowing Our Own Minds,” (Philosophical Quarterly), “Forms of Externalism and Privileged Access,” (Philosophical Perspectives), “Thought by Description,” (Philosophy and Phenomenological Research), "Understanding Proper Names,” (Linguistics and Philosophy), and "Truths Containing Empty Names" (in "Philosophical Approaches to Proper Names").

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Logic, Metaphysics, Epistemology

Personal Interests

    Playing guitar, visiting family, playing with my grandchildren.

Books

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