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Mark Bowker is a Postdoctoral Researcher on the InFraMinds Project at University College Dublin and a Visiting Scholar at Prof. Andrei Cimpian's Cognitive Development Lab, NYU. He gained his PhD in Philosophy in 2016 from the University of St Andrews and was supervised primarily by Patrick Greenough and Andy Egan. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (2016-2017), supervised by Kristina Liefke, and an IRC Postdoctoral Researcher at in the School of Philosophy at University College Dublin (2018-2021), supervised by Maria Baghramian. He is currently working on issues at the intersection of Philosophy and Psychology, particularly the relation between language, stereotypes, and prejudice. Other research interests include communication, generics, indexicals, and fiction.


Call for Papers:

Following our conference on indeterminacy and underdetermination, I am pleased to announce that Maria Baghramian and I are editing a Topical Collection for Synthese on those topics. Find the Call for Papers here.


Mark Bowker, Truth in Fiction, Underdetermination, and the Experience of Actuality has been accepted for publication in the British Journal of Aesthetics.

Conference: Indeterminacy and Underdetermination

Maria Baghramian and I recently held a conference on 'Indeterminacy and Underdetermination' at UCD's Humanities Institute, generously funded by UCD and the Irish Research Council. Keynote speakers were Rachel Sterken and Elizabeth Harman. A full programme is available here. Thanks to all in attendance for a wonderful and inspiring time. We plan to publish a selection of the papers presented. More details to follow.

Available Online

My paper Ineliminable Underdetermination and Context-Shifting Arguments is now available in Inquiry online.

Call for Abstracts:

Our upcoming conference on indeterminacy and underdetermination has a Call for Abstracts. Find it here.

New website

The .org address got expensive after two years. This one is one Euro.


Mark Bowker, Ineliminable Underdetermination and Context-Shifting Arguments is now forthcoming in Inquiry.

Available online:

Mark Bowker, Underdetermination, Domain Restriction, and Theory Choice is now available online.

Talk: CCC2, Univeristy of Warsaw

Title: Generics Without Truth-Conditions

Generics are analysed as incomplete structures that must be assigned a quanti?er to determine truthconditions. As contexts are regularly consistent with di?erent assignments, generics are consistent with di?erent truth-conditional interpretations.

Available online

Mark Bowker, Saying a Bundle: Meaning, Intention, and Underdetermination is now available online.


Mark Bowker, Saying a Bundle: Meaning, Intention, and Underdetermination has now been accepted for publication in Synthese.


Mark Bowker, paper Underdetermination, Domain Restriction, and Theory Choice has now been accepted for publication in Mind & Language.

Talk: PLM4

Title: Semantic Restrictivism.

I present the restrictivist approach to semantics, on which the words, structure, and context of utterances restrict their propositional interpretations without determining a unique propositional content. The view is deployed to explain Travis-style cases of lexical underdetermination, nonsentential assertion, and generics.

Talk: ECAP9

Title: Reviving Semantic Descriptivism.

I argue that Kripke misinterprets Russellian descriptivism. Russell's actual theory avoids Kripke's objections.

Insults, Lies, and Bullshit

Module outline now available. Teaching starts 25 April.


Rich Situated Attitudes, a joint paper by Kristina Liefke and Mark Bowker has been accepted for publication in Lecture Notes in Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence.

Workshop: Situations, Information, and Situated Content

From 16th-18th December, Kristina Liefke and Mark Bowker hosted a workshop at the MCMP: Situations, Information, and Situated Content. Speakers included Robin Cooper, Nikola Kompa, Sebastian Löbner, Roussanka Loukanova, Friedrike Moltmann, Floris Roelofsen, Markus Werning, and Thomas Ede Zimmermann.

Talk: LENLS 13

On 15th November, Mark presented a paper written in collaboration with Kristina Liefke at LENLS 13 in Tokyo, Japan.

The paper was titled Rich situated propositions: the 'right' objects for the content of propositional attitudes.