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Peter Alward PhD (1998) University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Department Head

Faculty Member in Philosophy
Department Head of Philosophy

Office
Arts 620

Research Area(s)

  • Semantics and Metaphysics of Fiction
  • Propositional Attitudes, especially belief reports
  • Interpretation and Intentions
  • Musical Ontology

Publications

Books:

2. Philosophical Problems: an introductory text in philosophy, Broadview, 2017. 

1. Empty Revelations: an essay on talk about, and attitudes toward, fiction, McGill-Queen͛s University Press, 2012. 

  • Reviewed by John E. MacKinnon, University of Toronto Quarterly, 83.2, 2014: 578-80. 
  • Reviewed by Jeffrey Goodman, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 71.4, 2013: 392-4. 


Refereed Journals

35. “The Fictional Road Not Taken: a weak anti-realist theory of fiction,” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, forthcoming.

34. “Just Kidding: stand up, speech acts, and slurs,” Disputatio, 13.60, 2021: 1-25.

33. “Multiplicity, Audibility, and Musical Continuity,” Dialogue, 59.1, 2020: 101-21.

32. “Musical Ontology and the Question of Persistence,” Acta Analytica, 35, 2020: 213-27.

31.”Interpretation, Intentions, and Responsibility,” Estetika, 55.2, 2018: 135-54. 

30.”Rogue or Lover: value-maximizing interpretations of Withnail and I,” Projections, 12.1, 2018: 39-54. 

29."Cliffhangers and Sequels: stories, sequels, and authorial intentions,” Dialogue, 57.1, 2018: 163-72.

28.”Identity Statements and Conversationally Salient Content,” Dialogue, 54.1, 2015:121-38. 

27.”Butter Knives and Screwdrivers: an intentionalist defense of radical constructivism,” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 72.3, 2014: 247-60. 

26.”Abortion Rights and Paternal Obligations,” Public Affairs Quarterly, 26.4, 2012: 273-91. 

25.”Transparent Representation: photography and the art of casting,” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 70.1, 2012: 9-17. 

24.”Description, Disagreement, and Fictional Names,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 41.3, 2011: 423-448. 

23.”Word-Sculpture, Speech Acts, and Fictionality’” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 68.4, 2010: 389-399. 

22.”That͛s the Fictional Truth, Ruth,” Acta Analytica, 25.3, 2010: 347-363. 

21.”The (Rump) Parliamentarian͛s Reply’” Dialogue, 48.3, 2009: 665-672. 

20.”Onstage Illocution,” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 67.3, 2009: 321-331. 

19. “Cluster Theory: Resurrection,” Dialogue, 48.2, 2009: 269-289. 

18.” The Inessential Quasi-Indexical,” Philosophical Studies, 145.2, 2009: 235-255. 

17.”Mopes, Dopes, and Tropes,” Dialogue, 47.1, 2008: 53-64. 

16.”Ignorance, Indeterminacy, and Abortion Policy,” Journal of Value Inquiry, 41, 2007: 183- 200. 

  • Reprinted in Readings in Health Care Ethics, 2nd Edition, Elisabeth (Boetzkes) Gedge & Wilfrid J. Waluchow, eds., Broadview Press, 2012. 

15.”For the Ubiquity of Non-Actual Fact-telling Narrators,” Journal of Aesthetics and Art
Criticism, 65.4, 2007: 401-404. 

14.”Leave me out of it: de re, but not de se, imaginative engagement with fiction,” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 64.4, 2006: 451-460. 

13.”Are Functional Properties Causally Potent” Sorites, 17, 2006: 48-54. 

12.”A Neo-Hintikkan Theory of Attitude Ascriptions,” Kriterion, 19, 2005: 1-11. 

11.”Varieties of Believed-World Semantics,” Philosophia, 32, 2005: 51-72.

10.”Between the Lines of Age: Reflections on the Metaphysics of Words,” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 86, 2005: 171-186. 

9.”Mad, Martian, but not Mad Martian, Pain,” Sorites, 15, 2004: 73-75. 

8.”The Spoken Work,” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 62, 2004: 331-337. 

7.”Is Phenomenal Pain the Primary Intension of Pain?” Metaphysica, 5, 2004: 15-28. 

6.”Correspondence via the Backdoor and Other Stories,” Disputatio, 14, 2003: 3-21. 

5.”Fregecide,” Dialogue, 42, 2003: 275-290. 

4.”Thomson, the Right to Life, and Partial Birth Abortion,” Journal of Medical Ethics, 28, 2002:
99-101. 

  • Reprinted in Intervention and Reflection: Basic Issues in Medical Ethics, 7th Edition, Ronald Munson, ed., Wadsworth, 2004, pp. 622-626. 

3.”The Naïve Argument against Moral Vegetarianism,” Environmental Values, 9, 2000: 81-89. 

2.”Simple and Sophisticated Naïve Semantics,” Dialogue, 39, 2000: 101-121. 

1.”Correspondence on the Cheap,” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 77, 1996: 163-178. 


Book Chapters

3.”Varieties of Photographic Fiction,” in Mimesis: Metaphysics, Cognition, Pragmatics, Gregory Currie, Petr Kotatko, Martin Pokorny, eds., College Publications, London, 2012, pp. 316-42. 

2.”A Neo-Hintikkan Solution to Kripke’s Puzzle,”  in Mistakes of Reason: Essays in Honour of John Woods, Kent Peacock and Andrew Irvine, eds., University of Toronto Press, 2005, pp. 93-102. 

1.”The Logic of Fiction,” (with John Woods) in the Handbook of Philosophical Logic, Second Edition, Volume 11, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004, pp. 241-316. 


Book Reviews

3. Naturalism in Question, Mario De Caro and David Macarthur, eds., reviewed in Philosophy in Review, 25.2, 2005: 101-104. 

2. Truth and Truthmakers, by D. M. Armstrong, reviewed in Disputatio, 17, 2004: 74-78. 

1. What’s Within? Nativism Reconsidered by Fiona Cowie, reviewed in Minds and Machines, 11, 2001: 448-451.

Research

metaphysics philosophy of art philosophy of language philosophy of mind

Education & Training

Ph.D (1998) University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

M.A. (1991) Dalhousie University

B.Sc. (1985) University of Toronto