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Dr Mark Jonathan Pinder

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Professional biography

Mark Pinder is a Lecturer in Philosophy at The Open University. He has held this position since September 2018. Prior to this appointment, he has 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.

Research interests

Mark works principally at the intersection of philosophy of language, philosophical logic and epistemology. He is currently working on questions about methodology in philosophy, specifically concerning the process of conceptual engineering.

A list of publications can be found via Open Research Online.

Impact and engagement

Mark has written for the popular magazine Philosophy Now​. The article 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.


What ought a fruitful explicatum to be? (2020)
Pinder, Mark
Erkenntnis ((In Press))

Conceptual Engineering, Speaker-Meaning and Philosophy (2020)
Pinder, Mark
Inquiry ((In press))

Not Wanted: On Scharp's Solution to the Liar (2019)
Pinder, Mark
Erkenntnis ((In Press))

Conceptual Engineering, Metasemantic Externalism and Speaker-Meaning (2019)
Pinder, Mark
Mind ((In press))

Scharp on inconsistent concepts and their engineered replacements, or: Can we mend these broken things? (2019)
Pinder, Mark
Inquiry ((Early access))

How to find an attractive solution to the liar paradox (2018-07-31)
Pinder, Mark
Philosophical Studies, 175(7) (pp. 1661-1680)

On Strawson’s critique of explication as a method in philosophy (2018)
Pinder, Mark
Synthese ((Early Access))

The Austerity Framework and Semantic Normativity (2018)
Pinder, Mark
Inquiry ((Early Access))

The Explication Defence of Arguments from Reference (2017-12-31)
Pinder, Mark
Erkenntnis, 82(6) (pp. 1253-1276)

Does Experimental Philosophy Have a Role to Play in Carnapian Explication? (2017-11-08)
Pinder, Mark
Ratio, 30(4) (pp. 443-461)

A Normative Argument Against Explosion (2017-03-02)
Pinder, Mark
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)
Pinder, Mark
The Philosophical Quarterly, 66(265) (pp. 879-882)

A Revenge Problem Without the Concept of Truth (2015-09)
Pinder, Mark
Thought: A Journal of Philosophy, 4(3) (pp. 151-161)

The cognitivist account of meaning and the liar paradox (2015-05-31)
Pinder, Mark
Philosophical Studies, 172(5) (pp. 1221-1242)

Attitude Ascriptions and Acceptable Translations (2014-07-01)
Pinder, Mark
Analysis, 74(3) (pp. 530-540)

Folk Semantic Intuitions, Arguments from Reference and Eliminative Materialism (2016-07-04)
Pinder, Mark
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)
Pinder, Mark
In: Stalmaszczyk, Piotr ed. Semantics and Beyond (pp. 207-230)
ISBN : 9783110354386 | Publisher : DeGruyter | Published : Berlin