Research


I am a graduate student in Susan Carey's lab at the Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies. I am exploring children's developing sensitivity to the alternative possibilities in the world around them. I also work on counterfactual reasoning and perspective taking tasks.

I have worked in two other academic fields. I hold a PhD in philosophy, where I worked on finding ways to apply teleosemantics to natural languages. As a postdoc in linguistics, I worked on the compositional semantics and formal pragmatics of conditionals.

Documents


Mental files theory of mind: When do children consider agents acquainted with different object identities?

Cognition 171 (2018): 122-129; joint work with Michael Huemer and Josef Perner. Open access final publication is available here

Counterfactual antecedent falsity and the epistemic sensitivity of counterfactuals

Philosophical Studies 175(1): 45-69. Penultimate version; the final publication is available here

Two Arguments for the Etiological Theory Over the Modal Theory of Biological Function

Synthese 194(4) (2017): 1169-1187; joint work with Maximilian Huber. Penultimate version; the final publication is available here

Mental Files in Development. Dual Naming, False Belief, Identity and Intensionality

Review of Philosophy and Psychology 7(2) (2016): 491-508; joint work with Josef Perner. Penultimate version; the final publication is available here

Simplicity and Elegance in Millikan's Account of Productivity: Reply to Martinez

Philosophical Psychology 29(4) (2016): 503-516. Penultimate version; the final publication is available here

On Presuppositional Implicatures

Topoi 35 (2016): 83-91. Penultimate version; the final publication is available here

Mental files and belief: A cognitive theory of how children represent belief and its intensionality

Cognition 145 (2015): 77-88; joint work with Josef Perner and Michael Huemer. Open access final publication is available here

Counterfactual Antecedent Falsity and Embedded Antipresuppositions

From MIT Working Papers in Linguistics 75

Teleosemantics: Intentionality, Productivity, and the Theory of Meaning

Language and Linguistics Compass vol. 8 (2014): 197-210. Penultimate version; the final publication is available here

Basic Conditional Reasoning: How Children Mimic Counterfactual Reasoning

Studia Logica 102(4) (2014): 793-810; joint work with Eva Rafetseder and Josef Perner. Open access final publication is available here

Can Teleosemantics Deflect the EAAN?

Philosophia vol. 41 (2013): 221-238. Penultimate version; the final publication is available here

Presuppositions and Antipresuppositions in Conditionals

From Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory XXI

A Teleosemantic Theory of Mental Conditionals

Draft; please do not cite without permission