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Dr Derek Ball

Arché role: Arché Affiliated Staff

Current Projects: Feminist Philosophy and Social Theory (Affiliated Staff Member) and Language and Mind (Member)

Past Projects: Models, Modality and Meaning (Co-investigator)


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Dr Ball's research interests include a wide range of issues in the philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and related areas.  He has written on foundational issues in semantics and the foundations of linguistic meaning and on the nature of concepts and concept possession, and has applied views in these areas to debates about the nature of consciousness, about epistemology, and elsewhere.  His research also includes projects in developmental and comparative psychology.

Selected publications

Revisionary analysis without meaning change (or, could women be analytically oppressed?)

Ball, D. N., 23 Jan 2020, Conceptual Engineering and Conceptual Ethics. Burgess, A., Cappelen, H. & Plunkett, D. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 36-58

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Monsters and the theoretical role of context

Rabern, B. & Ball, D., 22 Mar 2019, In: Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. 98, 2, p. 392-416

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Capuchin monkeys individuate objects based on spatio-temporal and property/kind information: evidence from looking and reaching measures

Kersken, V., Zhang, D., Gomez, J-C., Seed, A. M. & Ball, D. N., 1 Aug 2020, In: Animal Behavior and Cognition. 7, 3, p. 343-364 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Metasemantic ethics

Ball, D., 4 Feb 2020, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Ratio. Early View

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review