Jeff Speaks

Professor of Philosophy
Chair, Department of Philosophy
University of Notre Dame
100 Malloy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

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Oxford University Press, 2015
Table of Contents & Introduction
with Jeffrey King & Scott Soames (Oxford, 2014)
Table of Contents | drafts of my contributions

Philosophy of mind

Is there a problem about nonconceptual content?
Philosophical Review 114:3 (2005), 359-398.
Abstract. In the past twenty years, issues about the relationship between perception and thought have largely been framed in terms of the question of whether the contents of perception are nonconceptual. I argue that this debate has rested on an ambiguity in `nonconceptual content' and some false presuppositions about what is required for concept possession. Once these are cleared away, I argue that none of the arguments which have been advanced about nonconceptual content do much to threaten the natural view that perception and thought are relations to the same kind of content.
Is mental content prior to linguistic meaning?
Noûs 40:3 (2006), 428-467.
Transparency, intentionalism, and the nature of perceptual content
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 79:3 (2009), 539-573.
Attention and intentionalism
Philosophical Quarterly 60:239 (2010), 325-342.
Explaining the disquotational principle
Canadian Journal of Philosophy 40:2 (2010), 211-238.
Spectrum inversion without a difference in representation is impossible
Philosophical Studies 156:3 (2011), 339-361.
What are debates about qualia really about?
Philosophical Studies 170:1 (2014), 59-84.
Is phenomenal character out there in the world?
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 91:2 (2015), 465-482.
Content and the explanatory role of experience
for Singular Thought and Mental Files, James Genone, Rachel Goodman, & Nick Kroll, eds. (Oxford U.P.).

Philosophy of language

Truth theories, translation manuals, and theories of meaning
Linguistics & Philosophy 29:4 (2006), 487-505.
Conversational implicature, thought, and communication
Mind & Language 23:1 (2008), 107-122.
The normativity of content and 'the Frege point'
European Journal of Philosophy 17:3 (2009), 405-415.
The epistemic argument and epistemic two-dimensionalism
Australasian Journal of Philosophy 88:1 (2010), 59-78.
Introduction, transmission, and the foundations of meaning
New Waves in the Philosophy of Language, ed. Sarah Sawyer (Palgrave MacMillan, 2010) 226-249.
Millian descriptivism defended
Philosophical Studies 149:2 (2010), 201-208.
Frege's puzzle and descriptive enrichment
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 83:2 (2011), 267-282.
A Companion to Davidson, ed. Ernie LePore and Kirk Ludwig (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), 328-338.
Individuating Fregean sense
Canadian Journal of Philosophy 43:5-6 (2013), 634-654.
No easy argument for two-dimensionalism
Australasian Journal of Philosophy 92:4 (2014), 775-781.
The role of speaker and hearer in the character of demonstratives
Mind 125:498 (2016), 301-339.
A puzzle about demonstratives and semantic competence
Philosophical Studies 174(3) (2017), 709-734.

Metaphysics of propositions

On possibly nonexistent propositions
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 85:3 (2012), 528-562.
New Thinking About Propositions
with Jeffrey King and Scott Soames (Oxford U.P., 2014)
Ch. 2: What's wrong with semantic theories which make no use of propositions?
Ch. 5: Propositions are properties of everything or nothing
Ch. 8: Representational entities and representational acts
Ch. 11: Representation and structure in the theory of propositions
Merricks vs. the Russellian orthodoxy
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 93:2 (2016), 469-477.
Act theories and the attitudes
forthcoming in Synthese
Complex acts and the unity of the proposition
in progress ms., last revised 6/16

Philosophy of religion

Foreknowledge, evil, and compatibility arguments
Faith & Philosophy 28:3 (2011), 269-293.
The method of perfect being theology
Faith & Philosophy 31:3 (2014), 256-266.
Perfect being theology and modal truth
Faith & Philosophy 33:4 (2016), 465-473.
Permissible tinkering with the concept of God
forthcoming in Topoi (for a special issue on the divine attributes)
The Greatest Possible Being
book ms. in progress

Other stuff

My CV.

Book reviews

Encyclopedia entries

Talks & old stuff

this semester
phil 10100: Introduction to philosophy

fall 2016
phil 10100: Introduction to philosophy

some past courses
phil 10100: Introduction to philosophy
phil 13195: Honors philosophy seminar
phil 20208: Minds, brains, and persons
phil 20229: Paradoxes
phil 20801: Philosophy of religion
phil 20810: Philosophical theology
phil 43503: Philosophy of action
phil 43904: The origins of analytic philosophy
phil 43916: Natural language semantics

graduate seminars
phil 93507: Perception & phenomenal properties (spring 2012)
phil 83104: Proseminar on 20th century philosophy (fall 2011)
phil 93507: Perception & color (fall 2009)
phil 93914: Philosophy of language: Meaning (spring 2008)
phil 93515: Language and mind (spring 2007)