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Jesse Butler's CV

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Jesse Butler 
Department of Philosophy University of Florida 330 Griffin-Floyd HallGainesville, FL 32611 butler@cs.utk.edu (865) 591 5436http://www.cs.utk.edu/~butler/ + PhD in Philosophy, University of Florida, May 5
2009; Advisor:Kirk Ludwig + Dissertation:
Clearing a Path for Conventionalist Modal Semantics
 + Description:
In the context of modal semantics, I show that a 'conventionalist analytic-deflationary' position is live option. According to this view, sentences of the form 'Necessarily,
'(for a sentence
) are understood to be true if and only if it is analytic that
. (There aresome qualifications for sentences in which demonstratives, indexicals and the term'actually' appear.) Rather than defending the view outright, I take the preliminary stepof assessing the position in order to determine its viability. I first sketch the outline of ageneric semantical system in which the conventionalist thesis can be formulated.Second, I show that this system can be used to evaluate, and deliver the right results for, both
de dicto
de re
sentences without succumbing to circularity; and that it can provide a univocal treatment quantification in both modal and non-modal contexts. Ishow how this semantic treatment of 'necessarily' can be integrated into a Davidsoniancompositional meaning theory.
+MA in Philosophy
, University of Florida, December 2005+MS in Computer Science,University of Tennessee, August 2001 + AB inMathematics,Brown University, May 1995 Areas of Specialization+ Philosophy of Language+ Philosophical LogicAreas of Competence+ Epistemology+ Informal Logic+Elementary Symbolic Logic+Metaphysics+Ethics+Critical Reading, Writing and PersuasionAwards and Fellowships+UF Mathematics Department Robert Long Essay CompetitionWinner 2008: "ACompletely Non-Self Referential Yabloesque Paradox"+ UF Alumni Fellowship 2002-2006
Presentations: Conference Papers+ "Conventionalism and the Problem of 
 De Re
Modality"Amsterdam PhilosophyGraduate Conference 2009 + "A Completely Non-Self Referential Yabloesque Paradox"Central APA 2009 Presentations: Comments+ Comments on C. Daniel Dolson's "On Naming Everything"Southeast GraduatePhilosophy Conference 2007 + Comments on Michael De's "Essentialism, Reference and Quantified Modal Logic"Southeast Graduate Philosophy Conference 2006 Works in Progress+ "
: A First-Order Extensional Language with an Analyticity Operator"+ "One way to reduce quantified modal logic to (almost) classical first order logic"+ "An Infinity of Undecidable Sentences Relative to a Single Formal System in whichRecursive Functions can be Represented"Academic Employment and Teaching Experience+Instructor: University of Florida 2007-9;King CollegeSpring 2002Courses Taught+ Introduction to Philosophy+ Professional Communication for Engineers+ Introduction to Argument and Persuasion+ Introduction to Computer Networking+ Introduction to Assembly Language+Assistant: University of Florida 2003-7; University of Tennessee 1997-8Section Leader and Course Support+ Social Issues and Thought+ Topics in the Logic+ Contemporary Moral Issues

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