Stephen Neale
Position: Distinguished Professor
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Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. Stanford
Stephen Neale, who came to the Graduate Center in 2007, is generally acknowledged as one of the best philosophers of his generation in the English-speaking world, and the best working at the interface between philosophy of language and linguistics. As he explains on his webpage, “To date my work has been primarily in the philosophy of language, which I construe broadly so as to intersect meaningfully with generative linguistics, the philosophy of mind, cognitive science, philosophical logic, metaphysics, theory of legal interpretation, and literary theory. Much of my writing, research and lecturing has been on interlaced questions about meaning, interpretation, context, structure, and representation.”
Neale’s two books, Descriptions (1993) and Facing Facts (2002), have both been tremendously influential, and he has two books forthcoming with Oxford University Press: Linguistic Pragmatism and Term Limits. Neale has served as an adviser to the Department of Justice on linguistic, logical, and philosophical issues, particularly in connection with Internet filtering technology. He has a working interest in Ancient Greek philosophy and poetry and regularly teaches an undergraduate course on Plato, and from time to time an honors seminar on the expression of moral and political concepts in drama and dialogue. Neale holds a B.A. from University College London and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.