Cameron Domenico Kirk-Giannini

Rutgers University Department of Philosophy
106 Somerset Street, 5th Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

curriculum vitae


I am a graduate student in the philosophy department at Rutgers University.

Before coming here, I completed an MPhil in Philosophical Theology at the University of Oxford and studied Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Philosophy at Harvard College. In the summer of 2014, I was a visiting student at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy at LMU. I returned to Oxford as a guest of the New Insights and Directions for Religious Epistemology Project for Trinity Term 2015, and again as a visiting graduate student for Trinity Term 2016. In Fall 2017, I am visiting at USC.

My interests include the philosophy of language, formal epistemology, the philosophy of mind, decision theory, logic, and the philosophy of religion.


''De Ray: On the Boundaries of the Davidsonian Semantic Programme'' Mind. (With Ernie Lepore.) [Official] [Penultimate]

Abstract: Greg Ray (2014) believes he has discovered a crucial oversight in Donald Davidsonís semantic programme, recognition of which paves the way for a novel approach to Davidsonian semantics. We disagree: Rayís novel approach involves a tacit appeal to pre-existing semantic knowledge which vitiates its interest as a development of the Davidsonian programme.

Works in Progress

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Summary: I argue that the propositional object of a speakerís assertoric commitment is not always the propositional object on which she and her interlocutors doxastically coordinate in response to her assertion. Along the way, I present a series of novel arguments against Stalnakerís principle of uniformity.

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Summary: I show how Stalnakerís principle of uniformity follows from the central aims and assumptions of his framework for modeling discourse.

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Summary: I argue that consistent skeptical theists are committed to the claim that no amount of certain kinds of evidence about prima facie evils could justify disbelief in theism.

Slurs are Directives.

Summary: I argue that slurs are directives.

Recent and Upcoming Presentations 

Slurs are Directives. Pacific APA Colloquium, San Diego. [March 2018]

(Name Redacted for Blind Review). Central APA Colloquium, Chicago. [February 2018]

Slurs are Directives. ESSLLI 2017 Workshop on Integrating Approaches to Social Meaning, Toulouse. [July 2017]

(Name Redacted for Blind Review). ESSLLI 2017 Student Session, Toulouse. [July 2017]

(Name Redacted for Blind Review). UT Austin Graduate Philosophy Conference, UT Austin. [April 2017]

(Name Redacted for Blind Review). University of Oklahoma Graduate Philosophy Conference, University of Oklahoma. [February 2017]

(Name Redacted for Blind Review). Northern Graduate Philosophy Conference, Northern Illinois University. [October 2016]

(Name Redacted for Blind Review). Pacific APA Colloquium, San Francisco. [April 2016]

(Name Redacted for Blind Review). New York Philosophy of Language Workshop, New York University. [December 2015]

Skeptical Theism and the Future. New Insights and Directions for Religious Epistemology Workshop on Formal Epistemology and Religious Epistemology, University of Oxford. [December 2014]

Truth Conditions Not Required. OZSW Graduate Conference in Theoretical Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. [May 2014]

Truth Conditions Not Required. Rocky Mountain Philosophy Conference, UC Boulder. [April 2014]

Skeptical Theism is Self-Defeating. Pacific APA Colloquium, San Diego. [April 2014]