Meaning and Language

Kate explores the connection between language and meaning. This video introduces two ways in which philosophers have answered the question ‘what makes a sound or some marks meaningful?’.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy at City College of New York

I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center and at the City College of New York.

My current research lies at the intersection of inquiry on language and the social world. I am particularly interested in the nature of social groups (teams, committees, races, genders), the semantics of terms that pick out social groups (plurals, collective nouns, slurs, generics), and the interface between semantics and ontology. One central thread in my research is to show how metaphysics and insights about our mental and linguistic representational devices can help inform viable social-political projects.

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