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

Spring 2019 office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30-2:30 and by appointment

 

My Columbia department profile

 

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, 2-year-old daughter, and 2 one-eyed cats.

Publications

The speaker authority problem for context-sensitivity (or: you can't always mean what you want)
Forthcoming. Erkenntnis
Published version (online early view)

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

Work in progress

Anaphora and Negation. Email me for a draft.

Descriptions, Pronouns, and Uniqueness. Email me for a draft.

On Some Alleged Empirical Problems for Predicativism (joint work with Matt Moss). Email me for a draft.

Reviews

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

Teaching

Fall 2018:
Barnard Senior Seminar: Ideology, Knowledge, and Power
Graduate Seminar: Speech Acts

Spring 2019:
First-year seminar: Language and Power
Introduction to Philosophy of Language

 

 

 

Updated 1/4/2019