Research Group: Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind and Epistemology

Philosophers at Southampton have published widely on issues in these areas and at their intersection.

Currently Active: Yes

Group Overview

Philosophers at Southampton have written on such topics as semantic normativity, epistemic normativity, scepticism, the nature of belief, epistemic value, self-knowledge, the problem of other minds, rule-following, deflationism, contextualism, meaning holism, and use-theories of meaning.

Research by Southampton staff has appeared in recent years in numerous international journals, including Analysis, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, dialectica, European Journal of Philosophy, Erkenntnis, Logique et Analyse, Mind and Language, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophy Compass, Ratio and Synthese.

We are presently hosting a series of workshop on the theme of ‘Aims and Norms’, investigating the relationship between the norms governing subjects’ beliefs, as well as their actions and feelings, and the aims those subjects have, a project supported by the British Academy.

The Enchantment of Words

Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. By Denis McManus (2006)

The Enchantment of Words


Selected publications associated with this group from the University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints):


McHugh, Conor (2014) Exercising doxastic freedom. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 88, (1), 1-37. (doi:10.1111/j.1933-1592.2011.00531.x).
Whiting, Daniel (2012) Does belief aim (only) at the truth? Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 93, 279-300. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-0114.2012.01421.x).
McHugh, Conor (2012) The illusion of exclusivity. European Journal of Philosophy (doi:10.1111/ejop.12032). (In Press).
McHugh, Conor (2012) The truth norm of belief. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 93, (1), 8-30. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-0114.2011.01413.x).
McHugh, Conor (2012) What assertion doesn't show. European Journal of Philosophy, 20, 407-429. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-0378.2010.00412.x).
Whiting, Daniel (2012) Epistemic value and achievement. Ratio, 25, (2), 216-230. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9329.2012.00533.x).
McHugh, Conor (2012) Epistemic deontology and voluntariness. Erkenntnis, 77, 65-94. (doi:10.1007/s10670-011-9299-6).
McHugh, Conor (2012) Belief and aims. Philosophical Studies, 160, 425-439. (doi:10.1007/s11098-011-9728-z).
Whiting, Daniel (2011) Leave truth alone: on deflationism and contextualism. European Journal of Philosophy, 19, 607-624. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-0378.2010.00403.x).
Way, Jonathan (2011) The symmetry of rational requirements. Philosophical Studies, 155, (2), 227-239. (doi:10.1007/s11098-010-9563-7).
McHugh, Conor (2011) What do we aim at when we believe? Dialectica, 65, (3), 369-392. (doi:10.1111/j.1746-8361.2011.01270.x).
McHugh, Conor (2011) Judging as a non-voluntary action. Philosophical Studies, 152, (2), 245-269. (doi:10.1007/s11098-009-9478-3).
Way, Jonathan (2010) The normativity of rationality. Philosophy Compass, 5, (12), 1057-1068. (doi:10.1111/j.1747-9991.2010.00357.x).
Whiting, Daniel (2010) Particularly general and generally particular: language, rules and meaning. Logique et Analyse, 53, (209), 1-16.
Whiting, Daniel (2010) Should I believe the truth? Dialectica, 64, (2), 213-224. (doi:10.1111/j.1746-8361.2009.01204.x).
McHugh, Conor (2010) Self-knowledge and the KK principle. Synthese, 173, (3), 231-257. (doi:10.1007/s11229-008-9404-9).
Whiting, Daniel (2009) Between old and new: Brandom's analytic pragmatism. International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 17, (4), 597-607. (doi:10.1080/09672550903165712).
Whiting, Daniel (2009) Is meaning fraught with ought? Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 90, (4), 535-555. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-0114.2009.01354.x).
Whiting, Daniel (2009) On epistemic conceptions of meaning: use, meaning and normativity. European Journal of Philosophy, 17, (3), 416-434. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-0378.2008.00320.x).
Whiting, Daniel (2008) Meaning holism and de re ascription. Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 38, (4), 575-599. (doi:10.1353/cjp.0.0033).
Whiting, Daniel (2008) The use of 'use'. Grazer Philosophische Studien, 76, 135-147.
McManus, Denis (2008) Rules, regression and the ‘background’: Dreyfus, Heidegger and Mcdowell. European Journal of Philosophy, 16, (3), 432-458. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-0378.2007.00255.x).
Schönbaumsfeld, Genia (2007) Worlds or words apart? Wittgenstein on understanding religious language. Ratio (new series), 20, (4), 422-441. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9329.2007.00376.x).
Whiting, Daniel (2007) Defending semantic generalism. Analysis, 67, (296), 303-311. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-8284.2007.00696.x).
Whiting, Daniel (2007) Fregean sense and anti-individualism. Philosophical Books, 48, (3), 233-240. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-0149.2007.00446.x).
Whiting, Daniel (2007) Inferentialism, representationalism and derogatory words. International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 15, (2), 191-205. (doi:10.1080/09672550701383483).
Whiting, Daniel (2007) The normativity of meaning defended. Analysis, 67, (294), 133-140. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-8284.2007.00663.x).
McManus, Denis (2000) Boghossian, Miller and Lewis on dispositional theories of meaning. Mind and Language, 15, 393-399.


Whiting, Daniel (ed.) (2009) The Later Wittgenstein on Language, Basingstoke, GB, Palgrave Macmillan, 256pp. (Philosophers in Depth).
McManus, Denis (2006) The Enchantment of Words: Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus , New York, USA; Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press, Clarendon Press, 288pp.
McHugh, Conor and Di Nucci, Ezio (eds.) (2006) Content, Consciousness and Perception: Essays in Contemporary Philosophy of Mind, Cambridge, GB, Cambridge Scholars Press, 222pp.
Schönbaumsfeld, Genia (2000) Transzendentale argumentation und skeptizismus, Berlin, DE, Peter Lang (Europäische Hochschulschriften, 606).

Book Section

Whiting, Daniel (2013) Nothing but the truth: on the norms and aims of belief. In, Chan, Timothy (ed.) The Aim of Belief. Oxford, GB, Oxford University Press.
McHugh, Conor (2012) Reasons and self-knowledge. In, Coliva, Annalisa (ed.) The Self and Self-Knowledge. Oxford, GB, Oxford University Press. (In Press).
Whiting, Daniel (2010) Particular and general: Wittgenstein, linguistic rules and context. In, Whiting, Daniel (ed.) The Later Wittgenstein on Language. London, UK, Palgrave, 114-132. (Philosophers in Depth).
Whiting, Daniel (2010) Is there such a thing as a language? In, Irwin, William and Davis, Richard Brian (eds.) Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy: Curiouser and Curiouser. Hoboken, USA, Wiley, 107-121. (Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series).
McManus, Denis (2004) Solipsism and Scepticism in the Tractatus. In, McManus, Denis (ed.) Wittgenstein and scepticism. London, UK, Routledge, 137-161.
McManus, Denis (2004) Introduction. In, McManus, Denis (ed.) Wittgenstein and Scepticism. London, GB, Routledge, 1-21.

Research projects

No research projects are currently associated with this group.