Books in Draft-Form

• All’s Well that Ends
An examination of Wittgenstein’s ‘ending philosophy’ considerations, both in the early and the later writings.  The book focuses on the role such considerations play in relation to the Tractatus, the remarks on rule-following, the private language arguments, and the later work on intentionality.  (For the Princeton Monographs in Philosophy series.)

 

• Worldly Thinking
Following from my book I: The Meaning of the First Term which gives an account of how I and other deictic terms (You, He / She, This, That) express thoughts, this is an account of the thoughts thus expressed: the intentionality, logical character, inferential role and epistemology of deictic thoughts.

• What Integrity Requires
Following from my books I: The meaning of the first term and Worldly Thinking which give accounts of first-personal reference and first-personal thinking, this is an account of the self thus expressing itself and being expressed: in particular its integrity as a person-subject-agent, the moral psychology maintaining that integrity, and the implications for ethical notions of integrity (e.g. the much-debated ‘integrity objection’ to consequentialist and deontological views).

 

Books Being Researched

• Title undecided (on Philosophy and Film)
Partly following from my books on deictic terms and thoughts, this is an account of how particular kinds of experiences and thoughts are possible, namely those involved in watching films: the intentionality, logical character and inferential role of such experiences and thoughts, together with the implications for reading, interpreting and evaluating films, illustrating this with a series of case studies (works by Godard (Le Mépris), Bresson, Malick).

• Title undecided (on Philosophy and Literature)
Using illuminative parallels between Wittgenstein and Beckett, this is an attempt to identify which questions are now truly pressing in the ancient philosophy-poetry debate and what this signifies for future philosophy and literature. The book focuses on their ways of representing and stimulating thoughts about topics that were salient to both: rule-following and ‘going on’; ending and the limits of thought, life, the world; deflating common conceptions of the self.

• Title undecided (a history of analytic philosophy)
A study of the birth, growth and development of Analytic Philosophy as usefully explicable by appeal to the recognition of and attempt to resolve various intentionality problems.