Contact info:
Email me: klewis [at] barnard [dot] edu
Mail: Barnard College
Department of Philosophy
3009 Broadway
New York, New York, 10027
Office: Milbank Hall, Rm 326E

 

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Karen S. Lewis

Assistant Professor
Department of Philosophy
Barnard College, Columbia University

 

 

 

 

 

I am an assistant professor in the Barnard-Columbia philosophy department. My research is mainly in the philosophy of language and philosophical linguistics. A common theme in my work is the interaction between context and content. I work on topics in dynamic vs. static semantics, the nature of semantic vs. pragmatic explanations, pronominal anaphora, counterfactual conditionals, and context-sensitivity. Before coming to Barnard, I was a graduate student at Rutgers, where I wrote my dissertation, Understanding Dynamic Discourse, under the direction of Jeffrey C. King, and an assistant professor in the school of philosophy at USC. I live in Brooklyn with my husband, 5-year-old daughter, and 2 one-eyed cats.

Publications

Pronouns, Descriptions, and Uniqueness
Forthcoming. Linguistics and Philosophy.

Metasemantics without semantics intentions
Forthcoming. Inquiry
Published version (online first)

Anaphora and Negation
2021. Philosophical Studies. Vol. 178, pp. 1403-1440
Published version

The speaker authority problem for context-sensitivity (or: you can't always mean what you want)
2020. Erkenntnis. Vol. 85, pp.1527-1555
Published version

Counterfactual Discourse in Context
2018. Noûs. Vol. 52, Issue 3, pp. 481-507
Published version

Dynamic Semantics
2017. Oxford Handbooks Online.
Published version

Counterfactuals and Knowledge
2017.The Routledge Handbook of Epistemic Contextualism. Ed. Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa. pp.411-424

Anaphora
2016. (with Jeffrey C. King) Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2016 Edition) Ed. Edward N. Zalta.

Elusive Counterfactuals
2016. Noûs. Vol. 50 Issue 2, pp. 286-313.
Published version

Do we need dynamic semantics?
2014. Metasemantics: New Essays on the Foundations of Meaning, Eds. Alexis Burgess and Brett Sherman, OUP, pp. 231-258

Speaker's Reference and Anaphoric Pronouns
2013. Philosophical Perspectives: Philosophy of Language. Vol. 27, Issue 1, pp. 404-437
Published version

Discourse dynamics, pragmatics, and indefinites
2012. Philosophical Studies. Vol. 158, Issue 2, pp. 313-342
Published version

Reviews

Review of François Recanati, Truth-Conditional Pragmatics, Oxford University Press, 2010.
2014. Mind 123 (492), pp.1234-1238.
Published version

Teaching

Spring 2021:
Feminist, Social and Political Philosophy of Language
Proposal Preparation Seminar

Summer 2021:
Introduction to Philosophy of Language

 

 

 

Updated 4/22/2021