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Scott Soames

American philosopher


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Scott Soames is a professor of philosophy at the University of Southern California. Soames studied philosophy as an undergrad at Stanford University, and as a graduate student at MIT, earning his PhD in 1976. Prior to his current position, Soames taught at institutions including Yale University and Princeton University.

Soames’ work is largely focused in the philosophy of language, dealing with issues of meaning and truth, especially in regards to propositions. Soames picks up on the anti-descriptivist approach laid out by Saul Kripke, and expanding on these ideas of descriptivist approaches to language and meaning as implausible. Soames argues against what he calls “two-dimensional modal logic” that rejects the anti-descriptivist approach. In its place, Soames has worked toward a unified theory of language and meaning, though as with anything in philosophy, his approach is not without its detractors. Additionally, Soames has published a significant amount of work on the history of analytic philosophy (literally writing the book on the subject).

For his work Soames has received honors including fellowship in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Scott Soames is an American philosopher. He is a professor of philosophy at the University of Southern California , and before that at Princeton University. He specializes in the philosophy of language and the history of analytic philosophy. He is well known for defending and expanding on the program in the philosophy of language started by Saul Kripke as well as being a major critic of two-dimensionalist theories of meaning.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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University of Southern California
University of Southern California

Private research university in Los Angeles, California, United States

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