|Metaphysics,epistemology, philosophy of language|
John Hawthorne is the Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy at Oxford University, though he continues to teach on a visiting basis at the University of Southern California. In 2015, he will begin teaching full-time at the University of Southern California. He is primarily known for his work in metaphysics and epistemology; his 2006 collection Metaphysical Essays offers original treatments of fundamental topics in philosophy, including identity, ontology, vagueness, and causation. He is recognized as a leading contemporary contributor to metaphysics and epistemology..
In his book Knowledge and Lotteries, Hawthorne defends a view in epistemology according to which the presence of knowledge is dependent on the subject's interests (he calls this view 'Subject-Sensitive Invariantism'). Unlike contextualism, Hawthorne's view does not require that the meaning of the word "know" changes from one context of ascription to another. His view is thus a variety of invariantism. However, whether a subject has knowledge depends to a surprising extent on features of the subject's context, including practical concerns. This position can be classed as a form of pragmatism (Hawthorne, 2004: p. 180). The American philosopher Jason Stanley holds a similar view.
Hawthorne has also written on philosophy of language and philosophical logic, philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind, and on Leibniz.
- The Reference Book (with David Manley, Oxford University Press, 2012)
- Relativism and Monadic Truth (with Herman Cappelen, Oxford University Press 2010)
- Metaphysical Essays (Oxford University Press, 2006)
- Knowledge and Lotteries (Oxford University Press, 2004)
- Substance and Individuation in Leibniz (with J. A. Cover, Cambridge University Press 2003)
- The Grammar of Meaning: Normativity and Semantic Discourse (with Mark Norris Lance, Cambridge University Press, 1997)
- Contemporary Debates in Metaphysics (edited with Theodore Sider and Dean Zimmerman, Blackwell, 2007)
- Perceptual Experience (edited with Tamar Gendler, Oxford University Press, 2006)
- Conceivability and Possibility (edited with Tamar Gendler, Oxford University Press, 2002)
- "The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics: Hardback: Michael J. Loux". Oxford University Press. 2003-08-28. Retrieved 2013-08-26.
- McGrath, Matthew (6 August 2004). "Knowledge and Lotteries". Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
- Oxford University Website
- Princeton University Website
- Works by or about John Hawthorne in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Google Scholar Page
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