Alexander P. Rausch

           

The University of Texas at Austin


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I'm currently a first-year Ph.D. student in philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. Before that, I received an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. Before that, I studied philosophy and mathematics at Dartmouth College. Now I primarily work in the philosophy of language and metaphysics.

In particular, I'm interested in the semantics of expressions that apparently designate propositions, like that-clauses and free relatives like "what John said". Since I believe that some of these expressions do designate propositions, I believe that propositions exist. Right now, I believe that every proposition is a structured, n-ary property or relation, for some natural number n. As a result, I'm also interested in the structure of properties and the order of relations. Finally, I'm interested in the role that other abstract objects (like phrase structure trees, possible worlds, properties, and functions) play in semantic theorizing.