Mark Pinder is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at The Open University. He has been at the OU since September 2018. Prior to joining, he held lecturing positions at the University of Bristol, the University of Birmingham and elsewhere, and a research fellowship supported by The Analysis Trust at the University of Reading.
Mark received his PhD in 2014 from the University of Bristol. The research was funded by the AHRC. His thesis, Meaning and Paradox, explored the implications of various paradoxes of truth [such as the liar paradox] for different theories of linguistic meaning. The core ideas in this work have since been published across two papers in Philosophical Studies.
More recently, Mark has been working in the field of philosophical methodology, with a particular (but not exclusive) interest in conceptual engineering. His work has been published in Mind, Synthese, and elsewhere.
Mark is happy to hear from potential PhD students with interests connected to his own - see below for more details.
Mark has a wide range research interests, and has published on issues in philosophical methodology, philosophy of language, philosophical logic, epistemology, philosophy of science and moral and social philosophy. He is currently working on questions about methodology in philosophy and the sciences more generally, specifically concerning the process of conceptual engineering.
Here are some of the questions currently animating Mark's research:
A list of publications can be found via Open Research Online.
Mark has taught a wide range of topics, including:
Mark has written for the popular magazine Philosophy Now. One article he has written introduces experimental philosophy, using it to critically examine Hilary Putnam's views on natural kinds, the building blocks of nature. It is available online, via this link. He has also published a philosophical short story for the magazine, available here.
Recent work in the theory of conceptual engineering (2023-08-16)
Koch, Steffen; Löhr, Guido and Pinder, Mark
Analysis ([Early Access])
Scharp on inconsistent concepts and their engineered replacements, or: Can we mend these broken things? (2023)
Inquiry, 66(5) (pp. 863-884)
Is it Good to Conceive of One’s Life Narratively? (2023)
Latham, Sally and Pinder, Mark
Philosophia ((Early access))
The phenomenon objection to conceptual engineering (2022-11)
Philosophical Studies, 179(11) (pp. 3281-3305)
Is Haslanger's ameliorative project a successful conceptual engineering project? (2022-08)
Synthese, 200, Article 334(4)
What ought a fruitful explicatum to be? (2022)
Erkenntnis, 87 (pp. 913-932)
Conceptual engineering, speaker-meaning and philosophy (2022)
Inquiry ((Early Access))
[Book Review] "The Metaphysics of Representation" by J. Robert G. Williams (2022)
The Philosophical Quarterly, 72(1) (pp. 225-257)
Conceptual Engineering, Metasemantic Externalism and Speaker-Meaning (2021-01)
Mind, 130(517) (pp. 141-163)
The Austerity Framework and Semantic Normativity (2021)
Inquiry, 64(1-2) (pp. 123-141)
Not Wanted: On Scharp's Solution to the Liar (2021)
Erkenntnis, 86 (pp. 1567-1584)
On Strawson’s critique of explication as a method in philosophy (2020-03)
Synthese, 197(3) (pp. 955-981)
How to find an attractive solution to the liar paradox (2018-07-31)
Philosophical Studies, 175(7) (pp. 1661-1680)
The Explication Defence of Arguments from Reference (2017-12-31)
Erkenntnis, 82(6) (pp. 1253-1276)
Does Experimental Philosophy Have a Role to Play in Carnapian Explication? (2017-11-08)
Ratio, 30(4) (pp. 443-461)
A Normative Argument Against Explosion (2017-03-02)
Thought: A Journal of Philosophy, 6(1) (pp. 61-70)
[Book Review] Advances in Experimental Philosophy of Language, edited by Haukioja Jussi (2016-10-01)
The Philosophical Quarterly, 66(265) (pp. 879-882)
A Revenge Problem Without the Concept of Truth (2015-09)
Thought: A Journal of Philosophy, 4(3) (pp. 151-161)
The cognitivist account of meaning and the liar paradox (2015-05-31)
Philosophical Studies, 172(5) (pp. 1221-1242)
Attitude Ascriptions and Acceptable Translations (2014-07-01)
Analysis, 74(3) (pp. 530-540)
Folk Semantic Intuitions, Arguments from Reference and Eliminative Materialism (2016-07-04)
In: Hinton, Martin ed. Evidence, Experiment and Argument in Linguistics and the Philosophy of Language. Studies in Philosophy of Language and Linguistics (pp. 43-64)
ISBN : 978-3-631-66189-5 | Publisher : Peter Lang | Published : Frankfurt am Main
Borg’s Minimalism and the Problem of Paradox (2014-08-27)
In: Stalmaszczyk, Piotr ed. Semantics and Beyond (pp. 207-230)
ISBN : 9783110354386 | Publisher : DeGruyter | Published : Berlin