Matthew Mandelkern





I am an assistant professor in philosophy at NYU. From 2017-20, I was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. I received a PhD in philosophy at MIT in 2017. I work on philosophy of language and its intersections with neighboring fields.

Here is my CV. For publications, see below, or my Google Scholar or PhilPeople page.

I am helping organize a conference at UConn in honor of World Sequence Day on May 24.

You can reach me at mandelkern-at-nyu.edu.

Photo: Justin Khoo


Papers

The orthologic of epistemic modals (with Wesley H. Holliday). To appear. Journal of Philosophical Logic. [abstract] [archive]

Good guesses (with Kevin Dorst). 2022. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. [abstract] [local file]

Compatibility, compossibility, and epistemic modality (with Wesley H. Holliday). 2022. Proceedings of the Amsterdam Colloquium. [abstract] [local file]

Witnesses. 2022. Linguistics and Philosophy [abstract] [local file]

Assertion is Weak (with Kevin Dorst). 2022. Philosophers' Imprint. [abstract] [local file]

If p, then p! 2021. The Journal of Philosophy. [abstract] [local file] Reprinted in the 2021 Philosopher's Annual

Practical Moore sentences. 2021. Noûs. [abstract] [local file]

Roads to necessitarianism (with Daniel Rothschild). 2021. Journal of Philosophical Logic. [abstract] [local file]

Eavesdropping: What is it good for? (with Jonathan Phillips). 2020. Semantics and Pragmatics. [abstract] [local file]

A counterexample to modus ponenses. 2020. The Journal of Philosophy. [abstract] [local file]

Definiteness projection (with Daniel Rothschild). 2020. Natural Language Semantics. [abstract] [local file]

Dynamic non-classicality. 2020. Australasian Journal of Philosophy. [abstract] [local file]

What's not to like (with Jacopo Romoli). 2020. Linguistic Inquiry. [abstract] [local file]

Import-Export and ‘And’. 2020. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. [abstract] [local file]

How to do things with modals. 2020. Mind & Language. [abstract] [local file]

We've discovered that projection is asymmetric (and it is!) (with Jérémy Zehr, Jacopo Romoli, and Florian Schwarz). 2020. Linguistics and Philosophy. [abstract] [local file]

Talking about worlds. 2019. Philosophical Perspectives. [abstract] [local file]

Modality and expressibility. 2019. Review of Symbolic Logic. [abstract] [local file]

What ‘must’ adds. 2019. Linguistics and Philosophy. [abstract] [local file]

Bounded modality. 2019. The Philosophical Review. [abstract] [local file]

Against Preservation (with Justin Khoo). 2019. Analysis.[abstract] [local file]

Triviality results and the relationship between logical and natural languages (with Justin Khoo). 2019. Mind. [abstract] [local file]

Independence day? (with Daniel Rothschild). 2019. Journal of Semantics [abstract] [local file]

The case of the missing ‘If’: Accessibility relations in Stalnaker's theory of conditionals. 2018. Semantics and Pragmatics. [abstract] [local file]

Sticky situations: Force and quantifier domains (with Jonathan Phillips). 2018. Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory. [abstract] [local file]

Hurford conditionals (with Jacopo Romoli). 2018. Journal of Semantics [abstract] [local file]

Agentive modals (with Ginger Schultheis and David Boylan). 2017. The Philosophical Review. [abstract] [local file]

Parsing and presuppositions in the calculation of local contexts (with Jacopo Romoli). 2017. Semantics and Pragmatics. [abstract] [local file]

A solution to Karttunen’s Problem. 2017. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung. [abstract] [local file]

Hierarchical structure and local contexts (with Jacopo Romoli). 2017. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung. [abstract] [local file]

Dissatisfaction theory. 2016. Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory. [abstract] [local file]

A note on the architecture of presupposition. 2016. Semantics and Pragmatics. [abstract] [local file]

I believe I can φ (with Ginger Schultheis and David Boylan). 2015. Proceedings of the Amsterdam Colloquium. [abstract] [local file]



Drafts

Conditional and modal reasoning in large language models (with Wesley H. Holliday). 2024. [abstract] [archive]

Bounded meaning: The dynamics of interpretation. 2023. Book manuscript in press with OUP. Read the preface or email me for a PDF. [advanced praise]

Do language models refer? (with Tal Linzen). 2023. [abstract] [archive]

The conjunction fallacy: Confirmation or relevance? (with WooJin Chung, Kevin Dorst, and Salvador Mascarenhas). 2023. [abstract] [archive]

Chance, ability, and control. 2023. [abstract] [archive]



Lecture notes

Notes from an ESSLLI course on conditionals taught with David Boylan.

Notes from an ESSLLI course on dynamic semantics taught with Daniel Rothschild.



Handbook chapters

Trivalence and anaphora. 2024. Handbook of Trivalent Logics, MIT Press. [abstract] [local file]

Modals and conditionals. 2022. Linguistics meets philosophy, Cambridge University Press. [abstract] [local file]