Email: rachel.sterken[at]

Rachel Katharine Sterken





I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Oslo. My new website is under development and can be previewed here.


In 2013, I completed my joint PhD in Philosophy from the University of St Andrews and the University of Oslo. During my PhD, I was a member of the Arche Philosophical Research Centre at the University of St Andrews and the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature (CSMN) at the University of Oslo. Before that, I earned my undergraduate degree in mathematics and philosophy at the University of Toronto and my Master's degree in logic and mathematics at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam. I am currently a Research Affiliate at the ConceptLab at the University of Oslo.


My primary area of research is the philosophy of language, however my research also connects to a broad range of issues in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophical logic and social/feminist philosophy. Here is my CV.







Andrew Peet and I organised a workshop on the practical and theoretical implications of defective communication for ConceptLab and CSMN.


I gave a talk at a conference on the semantics and communicative effects of slurs and derogatory language at Arche in St Andrews, June 2nd-4th, 2017.


I co-organised A Generic Workshop held at CSLI, Stanford University.


I co-organised the California Philosophy Workshop, May, 2017.


Josh Armstrong and I are organised a workshop on Meaning Innovation and Meaning Change, March 17th-18th, 2017 in Oslo.


I gave a talk at the Ranch Metaphysics Workshop in Tucson, Arizona, January 25th-29th, 2017.


At the 2017 Eastern Division APA, I was part of the Author-Meets-Critics Session for Bernhard Nickel's book, Between Logic and the World.


On October 6, I gave two talks at Rutgers: one in the What is Cognitive Science? Series and the other for the Semantics Reading Group.


I gave a paper in the Symposium on Sally Haslanger's Carus Lectures at the NOMOS Network Meeting in Barcelona, June 6-8, 2016. There will be an accompanying special issue of the journal Disputatio.






Generics in Context

Philosopher's Imprint, 2015, 15(21), 1-30.


Generics, Content and Cognitive Bias

Analytic Philosophy, 2015, 56(1), 75-93.


Leslie on Generics

Philosophical Studies, 2015, 172(9), 2494-2512.


Generics, Covert Structure and Logical Form

Mind and Language, 2016, 31(5), 503-529.


Review: Nickel's Between Logic and the World

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2016.





This semester I am teaching History of Philosophy and Science, Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics and Philosophy of Language. In the past, I have taught Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Ethics, History of Philosophy and Science, Philosophy of Language, and Logic .






You can reach me by email: rachel.sterken[at]