webshotPaul M. Pietroski
pietro@umd.edu
Dept. of Philosophy (Skinner Building)
Dept. of Linguistics (Marie Mount Hall)
College Park, MD 20742
CV        
PAPERS


I teach at the University of Maryland in the departments of linguistics and philosophy.
My primary research interests lie at the intersection of these fields.

For a while now, I have been thinking about how grammatical structure is related to linguistic meaning, and how
words are related to concepts. In various papers, often collaborative, I have also defended a nativist approach to the study of human language and an internalist conception of meaning.

When not teaching, I spend a lot of time here, sometimes doing other things.

STUDENTS APPLYING TO GRADUATE PROGRAMS, PLEASE NOTE:
I have accepted an offer
of appointment from Rutgers University--pending final approval by their Board of Governors--as Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, starting in Fall 2017.



Some Recent and Upcoming Talks
(If you find the slides useful, feel free to use them, and likewise for these older talks)

April 2017:
    Meaning Internalism and Natural History
    Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science, Univ. of Michigan


Meanings, Concepts, and Natural Kinds: What Were People Thinking?
    Rutgers Anniversary (Nov. 10, 1766+250,
.pptx .pdf)
Locating Human Meanings: Less Typology, More Constraint
    Rutgers Workshop (October 2015, .pptx  .pdf)
Semantic Internalism
 
    Univ. of Arizona (October 2015,
.pptx  .pdf)
   
Also in Panopto form, thanks to the Arizona linguistics department.
    (Check out their other talks.)
Form and Composition
    Higginbotham Lecture at USC (2014).
    For this talk, in honor of Jim, a handout.
Semantic Framing: the meaning of 'most'
    Linguistics and Cognitive Science, Simon Frasier University (2014).
    (If you'd like the slides, let me know. But SFU produced a video.)