Rachel Sterken

ConceptLab and IFIKK
Georg Morgenstiernes hus, Oslo, Norway

rachelsterken.org

rachelsterken@gmail.com

Employment

Researcher

ConceptLab, Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo

Norwegian Research Council Toppforsk Project

Associate Professor Of Philosophy

Department of Philosophy Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo

Senior Lecturer/Fixed Term Associate Professor/Visiting Researcher

Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo
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Education

PhD in Philosophy (double badge)

University of St Andrews and University of Oslo

Thesis: Generics in Context: Generalization, Context and Communication

Supervisors: Ephraim Glick, Olav Gjelsvik and Brian Weatherson

Committee: Sarah Jane Leslie and Jeff Pelletier

Visiting Research Student

University of California, Berkeley

MSc in Logic and Mathematics

University of Amsterdam

Thesis: Concatenation as a Basis for Q and the Intuitionistic Variant of Nelson’s Result

Supervisor: Albert Visser

Honors BSc in Mathematics and Philosophy (with Distinction)

University of Toronto

Papers

PUBLISHED OR FORTHCOMING

1. "Generics in Context”. Philosopher’s Imprint, 15(21), 2015.

2. “Leslie on Generics”. Philosophical Studies, 172(9), 2015.

3. “Generics, Content and Cognitive Bias”. Analytic Philosophy, 56(1), 2015.

4. “Generics, Covert Structure and Logical Form”. Mind and Language, 31(5), 2016.

5. “Nickel’s Between Logic and the World: An Integrated Theory of Generics”. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2016.

6. “The Meaning of Generics”. Philosophy Compass, 12(8), 2017.

7. Genericity in Philosophy and Linguistics, co-edited volume with Bernhard Nickel, special issue of the journal Inquiry, 2017.

8. “The Structures of Structural Explanation”. Disputatio, forthcoming.

9. “Amelioration and Meaning Change: Transformative Communicative Disruptions” in Burgess, Cappelen and Plunkett (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Conceptual Engineering and Conceptual Ethics, forthcoming

Selected Recent Presentations

2018

Amelioration and Meaning Change

Stockholm and Uppsala Workshop on Direct and Indirect Speech (invited)

Transformative Communicative Disruptions

New York Philosophy of Language Workshop (invited), NYU

Troubling Aspects of Generic Thought and Talk

Sherbrooke Workshop on Generics and Social Practices (refereed), Sherbrooke

Troubling Aspects of Generic Thought and Talk

The Iceland Meaning Workshop (invited), University of Iceland

Troubling Aspects of Generic Thought and Talk

Department of Philosophy colloquium (invited), University of Hong Kong

Comments on Thomasson’s A Pragmatic Method for Conceptual Ethics

ConceptLab Working Group Meeting, University of Oslo

2017

Troubling Aspects of Generic Thought and Talk

ConceptLab Working Group Meeting, University of Oslo

Generics in Context

ConceptLab Working Group Meeting, University of Oslo

The Structures of Structural Explanation

ConceptLab Working Group Meeting, University of Oslo

Transformative Communicative Disruptions

Semantics and Communicative Effects of Slurs Conference (invited), Arche, University of St Andrews

Transformative Communicative Disruptions

Ranch Metaphysics Workshop (invited), Tucson, Arizona

Author-Meets-Critics Session (invited), Nickel’s Between Logic and the World

American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland,

2016

Generics, Quantified Generalizations and Social Prejudice

Departments of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Rutgers University (invited) What is Cognitive Science Series

The Structures of Structural Explanation

NOMOS Network Meeting, University of Pompeu Fabra (invited) Symposia on Haslanger’s Doing Justice to the Social

Amelioration, Meaning Change and Deception

Arche, University of St Andrews (invited), Meaning and Language Seminar

Amelioration, Meaning Change and Deception

King’s College London and Institute of Philosophy (invited), Workshop on Deception

2015

Amelioration, Meaning Change and Deception

King’s College London and Institute of Philosophy (invited), Workshop on Deception

Professional Service

See the workshop page for information about some of the workshops I've arranged.

REFEREEING

Nous, Philosopher’s Imprint, Journal of Semantics, Ergo, Philosophical Quarterly, Synthese, Thought, Analysis, Inquiry, Mind and Language, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Erkenntnis, Neuroethics.