Mark Richard

Mark Richard

Director of Graduate Studies
Professor of Philosophy
On leave Spring 2023
Mark Richard

Research Interests: Philosophy of Language, Philosophical Logic, Metaphysics, and Epistemology, Social Philosophy


Professor Mark Richard joined the Department in the Fall of 2010. He specializes in philosophy of language, philosophical logic, metaphysics and epistemology, and social philosophy. He attended Hamilton College, the University of Freiburg in Germany and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Richard has published several books (Propositional Attitudes [1990], Meaning [2002],  When Truth Gives Out [2008], Meanings as Species [2019]) and numerous articles, some of which are collected in Meaning in Context I: Context and the Attitudes [2012] and Meaning and Context: Truth and Truth Bearers [2015].

Richard's current research interests include foundational issues in semantics (including the question of whether the semantics of discursive talk is invariably to be given by characterizing its truth conditions), the semantics of particular constructions (including the tenses and epistemic modals), vagueness, issues on the borderline between epistemology and metaethics, and the nature of social groups and social meaning.  He has been the department’s Director of Graduate Studies since 2013 and is a member of its Climate Working Group.  Richard is an avid hiker, a good cook, and a mediocre woodworker.

For downloadable copies of his work in progress and recent publications, please visit his personal website.


Contact Information

Emerson 321
p: 617-495-0386