Laura Delgado

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I’m an FCT Junior Researcher at the Centre for Philosophy. Before joining the University of Lisbon, I held a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Sofia. I gained my PhD from the University of Barcelona (2018) with a thesis on proper names. Before that I obtained an MA in Analytic Philosophy from the University of Barcelona (2012); a BPhil in Philosophy from the University of Oxford (2011); and a MA Honours in Philosophy from the University of St Andrews (2009).

On my current project (Polyreference, Its Logic and Applications) I am working on developing further some aspects of polyreference, and articulating a general theory of multiple content (including multiply referring/denoting terms and multi-propositionalism) with the aim of applying it to phenomena like polysemy; certain types of context-sensitivity; vagueness; as well as certain cases of what I call complicit communication, i.e., jokes, dogwhistles, insinuation, two-way apt metaphors, and misleading.

My philosophical interests are predominantly in the areas of philosophy of language, but I have interests in metaphysics, philosophical logic and epistemology (in particularly at the intersections of these) and more recently I have become interested in social aspects of the philosophy of language and epistemology.

My non-philosophical interests include (in no particular order) tango, literature, films, painting (as an activity), crafts of all kinds, travelling and cooking.

Selected Publications

(2023) ‘Names are not (always) predicates’. In Mind & Language, 1–18.

(2022) ‘Names vs Nouns’. In Philosophical Studies 179 (11): 3233-3258.

(2019) ‘Between Singularity and Generality: The Semantic Life of Proper Names’. In
Linguistics and Philosophy 42 (4): 381-417.