Stephen Yablo

Stephen Yablo

David W. Skinner Professor of Philosophy
Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

April 22, 2022
Alumni House, Toll Room — UC Berkeley Campus

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About the Lecture

Philosophy almost alone among disciplines appears to lack a distinctive subject matter. The world has chemical, biological, and political aspects, but no philosophical aspects. If subject matter does have a role to play here, it’s to do less with the field’s descriptive ambitions than the genealogy of philosophical problems.

About Stephen Yablo

Yablo’s interests are wide-ranging, from metaphysics, philosophical logic, and epistemology, to the philosophy of language and the philosophy of mathematics. A prolific writer, Yablo is the author of a two-volume collection of papers called Thoughts: Papers on Mind, Meaning, and Modality (2009) and Things: Papers on Objects, Events, and Properties (2010). His most recent book, Aboutness (2014), attempts to make topic an equal partner in meaning with truth-conditions, applying meanings so conceived to knowledge, logic, ontology, discourse theory, and philosophical methodology.  Recent papers include “The Bandersnatches of Dubuque” (2020),  “Models and Reality” (2018), and “If-Thenism” (2017).

Yablo has served in the linguistics and philosophy department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1998, acting as linguistics and philosophy chair from 2005-2008. Prior to his time at MIT, Yablo taught at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, for twelve years.

Professor Yablo received his B.S. in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. He also did graduate work at the University of Pune in India. In 2012, Yablo was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was awarded a fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies. He was named a Guggenheim fellow in 2012 for his book Aboutness. He has also lectured at Harvard University, Oxford University, Princeton University, and Stanford University.