I am an associate professor at the University of Southern California. My main interests are in metaphysics, epistemology, the philosophy of language and philosophical logic. I have recently completed a book on vagueness entitled "Vagueness and Thought", and I am presently writing a textbook on higher-order logic aimed at metaphysicians.
Much of my recent work focuses on what it means for a property, relation (or operation of some other type) to be fundamental and what it means for one property, relation, etc. to be built out of, or metaphysically definable from, some others. Underlying a lot of this work is an abstract analogy between languages and reality that is most naturally cashed out using category theory (spelled out in the paper Substitution Structures). My views on the metaphysical issues are outlined in the paper Logical Combinatorialism and The Broadest Necessity. (Precursors to some of these ideas are also present in this paper.)
I am presently an editor for the Review of Symbolic Logic.
E-mail: ab(remove me)firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Andrew Bacon, Department of Philosophy, University of Southern California, 3709 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Office: 224 Stonier Hall
A Philosophical Introduction to Higher-order Logics. (In progress)
Higher-Order Free Logic and the Prior-Kaplan Paradox (with John Hawthorne and Gabriel Uzquiano). In Williamson on Modality, special issue of Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Routledge 2017, Juhani Yli-Vakkuri and Mark McCullagh (eds.) . [Abstract]. Penultimate draft draft: PDF
Can The Classical Logician Avoid The Revenge Paradoxes? Philosophical Review. Volume 124, Number 3: 299-352 . [Abstract].Penultimate draft: PDF
Quantificational Logic and Empty Names. Philosophers' Imprint. Volume 13, Number 24, December 2013. [Abstract]. Penultimate draft: PDF. (Awarded the APA Article prize for 2012 and 2013. Also reprinted in the Philosopher's Annual.)
Vagueness and Thought. Book project with Oxford University Press.
Vagueness at Every Order. In progress.
Stalnaker on the KK Principle. No longer in progress.
Quantificational Logic and Empty Names. Handout. USC, March 2013
In Defence of a Naive Conditional Epistemology. Handout. UC Irvine, January 2013. University of Barcelona, June 2013
What A Revenge-Free Solution to the Semantic Paradoxes Can and Can't Look Like. Handout. USC, January 2012. Brown, February. Yale, February 2012. Munich, March 2012
Vagueness at Every Order. Handout. Barcelona, September 2010.