Anders Schoubye



Dr Schoubye did his PhD in philosophy in 2011 under the supervision of Herman CappelenJosh Dever, and Jonathan Schaffer at the Arché Research Centre at the University of St Andrews. During his PhD and MA, he was a visiting student at the University of Texas at Austin and at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and before coming to Edinburgh, he was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Semantics and Pragmatics at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Schoubye's dissertation consisted of a series of papers on the meaning and conversational function of definite descriptions, but more recently he has been working on the semantics of proper names, future contingents, and the influence of questions on literal meaning.

For more information about about Dr. Schoubye's research, cf. his personal homepage.


  • Type-Ambiguous Names Mind (forthcoming)
  • The Predicative Predicament Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (forthcoming)
  • A Problem for Predicativism not Solved by Predicativism Semantics & Pragmatics (2016, vol. 9, 18:1-11)
  • What is Said? Noûs (with Andreas Stokke, forthcoming) 
  • Against the Russellian Open Future Mind (with Brian Rabern, forthcoming)
  • Against the Argument from Convention Linguistics and Philosophy (2012) 35, 6:515-532
  • Ghosts, Murderers, and the Semantics of Descriptions Noûs (2013), 47,3: 496-533
  • Descriptions, Truth Value Intuitions, and Questions Linguistics and Philosophy (2009) 32, 6:583-617

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • Course Organiser for Mind, Matter and Language
  • PPLS Academic Misconduct Officer

Undergraduate teaching


  • Modal Logic (Semester, 2017)
  • Mind, Matter and Language (Semester 1, 2016)
  • Food for Thought: The Ethics of Food Choicees (Semester 1, 2016)
  • Formal Semantic for Philosophers (Semester 2, 2016)
  • Formal Methods in Philosophy (Semester 1, 2015)

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Research summary

Philosophy of Language, Formal Semantics, Pragmatics, Formal Epistemology, Logic, Philosophy of Mind