Karen S. Lewis
Assistant Professor, Barnard-Columbia Department of Philosophy
I got my PhD from Rutgers, along with a graduate certificate in cognitive science, in 2011. I wrote my dissertation, Understanding Dynamic Discourse, under the direction of Jeffrey C. King. Before joining the Barnard-Columbia department, I was an assistant professor in the school of philosophy at USC. My research is mainly in the philosophy of language, though it often brings me into the realms of metaphysics, epistemology, cognitive science, philosophy of mind, and linguistics. I am currently working on several projects. One stems from my dissertation work, examining whether discourse dynamics are best accounted for by semantics or pragmatics, which also leads to me to think a lot about the nature of semantic and pragmatic explanations. I am also working on counterfactual conditionals, dealing the puzzle of counterfactual skepticism, the worry that nearly all counterfactual conditionals are false. I am also working on epistemic modals. For more about my research, and some drafts of papers, see my research page.
- It's almost time for PhLiP (Oct. 10-14, 2013), a conference on Philosophical Linguistics and Linguistical Philosophy, which I am co-organizing with Delia Fara.
- I've attended several great conferences this summer: The Mentoring Project for Pre-tenure Women Faculty in Philosophy and the Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference.
- I'm really excited for this upcoming conference on speech acts at Columbia.