Karen S. Lewis
Assistant Professor • Department of Philosophy
Barnard College, Columbia University
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. For more about my research, and some drafts of papers, see my research page.
Recent and upcoming talks and events:
- "Anaphora and Negation: Trouble for Dynamic Semantics" at the Philosophy of Language and Linguistics conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia on Sept. 8, 2014.
- PhLiP, a conference on philosophical linguistics and linguistical philosophy, co-organized with Delia Fara, is happening again!
- I will be giving my paper, "Elusive Counterfactuals", for the Iris Einheuser Memorial Lecture at Duke University on Oct. 31, 2014.
- "Anaphora and Negation: Trouble for Dynamic Semantics" at the Semantic Content Workshop in Barcelona, Nov. 6-8, 2014.
- "Speakers' intentions and the metasemantics of context-sensitive expressions" at a symposium on metasemantics at the Eastern APA in Philadelphia, Dec. 30, 2014.