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Gary Ostertag
Position: Affiliated Associate Professor
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. Graduate Center

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophical Logic
  • History of Analytic Philosophy

Courses Recently Taught

  • Knowing How (Spring 2013)
  • Descriptions (Spring 2012)
  • Propositions (Spring 2011)

Representative Publications

Cruelty and Kinds: Scalia and Dworkin on the Constitutionality of Capital Punishment, Inquiry, forthcoming (special issue on Language and the Law)

Propositions and the Logical Form of Predication, Synthese, forthcoming 2017 (special issue on the Metaphysics of Structured Propositions)
“Propositional Platitudes,” in Gary Ostertag, ed., Meanings and Other Things: Themes from Stephen Schiffer. (Oxford University Press, 2016)

“Russell and Quine,” in Gilbert Harman and Ernest Lepore (eds.), A Companion to W.V.O. Quine (Malden, Mass.: Blackwell, 2014).
Two Aspects of Propositional Unity, The Canadian Journal of Philosophy: 43 (2013): 518-533. (Special Issue: Essays on the Nature of Propositions).
Review of John Burgess, Kripke, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2013.12.29.
The ‘Gödel’ Effect, Philosophical Studies 166 (2013) 65-82.
Critical Study of Julian Dodd, Works of Music: An Essay in Ontology, Noûs 46 (2012) 355-74

Emily Elizabeth Constance Jones, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2011.

A Problem for Russellian Theories of Belief, Philosophical Studies 146 (2009) 249-67.

A Puzzle about Disbelief, The Journal of Philosophy 102 (2005) 573-93.

Has the Problem of Incompleteness rested on a Mistake? (with Ray Buchanan) Mind 114 (2005) 889-913 ( “On Denoting” centenary issue, edited by Stephen Neale).

“Descriptions and Logical Form”, in Dale Jacquette (ed.) Blackwell Companion to Philosophical Logic (Blackwell, 2002).

A Scorekeeping Error, Philosophical Studies 96 (1999) 123-46.

Definite Descriptions: A Reader (Bradford Books/The MIT Press, 1998).