Selected Articles


"Pejorative Tone", (w, M Stone), in Bad Words, ed, David Sosa, Oxford University Press, 2017

"What did you call me? Slurs as prohibited words setting things up", with Luvell Anderson (Analytic Philosophy, Vol. 54, No 3, July 29, 2013)

"Slurring words", with Luvell Anderson, (Nous, July 1, 2011) 

"Speech and Harm", (New York Times, November 8, 2010)

Ernie Lepore and Luvell Anderson in New York Times in "The Stone" replying to critics, (New York Times, December 24, 2010)



Analyticity again: Jerry Fodor and Ernie Lepore (Rutgers University) (w. J Fodor), The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Language Encyclopedia of Philosophy (eds). M Devitt and R. Hanley, Blackwells: Oxford, 2006. View: (in pdf)

Analytic and synthetic’, in Random House Encyclopedia, 2nd edition, 2004.

"Two Dogmas of Empiricism and the Generality Requirement," Nous, 24, 1995, 468-480.
(Reprinted in A Companion to W.V.O. Quine, First Edition. Edited by Gilbert Harman and Ernie Lepore. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Published 2014 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., pp. 203-218.) View: (in .pdf)



"Does Syntax Reveal Semantics? A Case Study of Complex Demonstratives." (with Kent Johnson).Philosophical Perspectives, 2002. View: (in Word) (in .pdf)

The Semantics and Pragmatics of Complex Demonstratives (PDF) (TR-43) Ernest Lepore & Kirk Ludwig, RuCCS, 1998. Mind v.109, April 2000: 199-240.

"Deixis (Even without pointing)" (with U. Stojnic and M. Stone), Philosophical Perspectives, Volume 27, Issue 1, pages 502–525, December 2013

"Discourse, Coherence and Attention" (with U. Stojnic and M. Stone)



"Why Compositionality Won't Go Away: Reflections on Horwich's 'Deflationary' Theory" (With Jerry Fodor), Ratio, 2001. *.pdf format

"The Pet Fish and the Red Herring: Why concepts aren't prototypes," (with J. Fodor), Cognition, vol.58, no.2, February, 1996, 243-276; RuCCS Tech Report *.pdf format

  • "What Can't be Valued, Can't Be Valued, and It Can't be Supervalued Either," (with J. Fodor),the Journal of Philosophy, XCIII, 1996, pp. 516-536; RuCCS Tech Report *.pdf format.


Conceptual Role Semantics

"Why meaning probably isn't conceptual role," (with Jerry Fodor) in Chicago Linguistic Society Proceedings (1992). Reprinted in Mind and Language, vol. 6, no. 4, 1991:328-342; reprinted in Mental Representations, eds. Stephen Stich and Ted Warfield, Basil Blackwell, 1994. *.pdf format

"Conceptual Role Semantics," in A Companion to the Philosophy of Mind, ed., S. Guttenplan, Basil Blackwell, 1994, 192-198

"Dual Aspect Semantics," (with B. Loewer), New Directions in Semantics, ed. Ernest Lepore, Academic Press, 1986, 83-112. Reprinted in Representations, ed., Stuart Silvers, Philosophical Studies Monographs, 40, December, 1989:161-188.ADD View: (in .pdf)


Context Sensitivity

"Presupposition and Context Sensitivity" (with A. Sennett) Mind & Language, 2014, Volume 29, Issue 5, pp. 613–627

"Context-sensitivity", (w. T. Donaldson) Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Language, eds. D Fara and G. Russell , pp.116-131

"Saying and Agreeing", (w. A. Sennett), Mind and Language, 2010, pp.583-601

'Shared Content ' (with H. Cappelen) Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language, 2006, Oxford University Press, (eds.) E. Lepore and B. Smith

'Relevance Theory and Shared Content '(with H. Cappelen) Advances in Pragmatics, 2006, N. Burton-Roberts (ed.), Palgrave Macmillian

"The Myth of Unarticulated Constituents" (with H. Cappelen)Essays in Honor of John Perry, 2006, MIT Press, (O'Rourke and Washington (eds.)) (w. E. Lepore). View: (in .pdf format)

Out of Context [with J. Fodor] 2005, American Philosophical Proceedings, pp. 3-20 View: (in .pdf format)

A Tall Tale In Defense of Semantic Minimalism and Speech Act Pluralism. , (with H. Cappelen)Contextualism in Philosophy, OUP, eds. G. Preyer, 2005. pp. 197-220..View: (in html)

An Abuse of Context in Semantics:The Case of Incomplete Definite Descriptions (2003). in Descriptions and Beyond: An Interdisciplinary Collection of Essays on Definite and Indefinite Descriptions and Other Related Phenomena, eds Anne Bezuidenhout and Marga Reimer., Oxford University Press. View: (in .pdf)

Context Shifting Arguments' (with H. Cappelen), Philosophical Perspectives, 2003. View: (in .pdf)

'Insensitive Quantifiers ' (w. H Cappelen)  Truth and Meaning, 2001, O'Rouke (ed.), Seven Bridges Press.

"Indexicality, Binding, Anaphora and A Priori Truth", (with H. Cappelen), Analysis, October, 2002. View: (in Word)  (in .pdf format)

"Radical and Moderate Pragmatics: Does Meaning Determine Truth Conditions?" (with Herman Cappelen). Semantics vs. Pragmatics, Zoltan Szabo (ed.) Oxford University Press, 2005, pp. 45-71.

"On an Alleged Connection between Indirect Speech and Theory of Meaning,"; (with Herman Cappelen), Mind and Language, 1997, 278-296. (Postscript -, Word for Windows 6.0 -m_and_l2.doc




"Convention and Communication" (w. M. Stone), Philosophical Perspectives, 2018.

"Lewis on Convention", (w. M. Stone), forthcoming in Companion to David Lewis, eds. B. Loewer and J. Schaffer, Wiley, 2014




Truth and Meaning Redux, Ernest Lepore and Kirk Ludwig, Philosophical Studies, 154, 2011: 251-277.

'Davidson', (with K. Ludwig) in 12 Modern Philosophers, eds. Gary Kemp and Chris Belshaw, Basil Blackwell, 2007.(in .pdf)

Interview with Donald Davidson, from Donald Davidson: Problems of Rationality, Oxford University Press, 2004, pp. 231-266(in .pdf)

Memorial Eulogy for Donald Davidson, Berkeley January 26, 2003(in .pdf)

'The Reality of Language: on the Davidson-Dummett Debate', (with K. Ludwig), in The Philosophy of Michael Dummett: The Library of Living Philosophers, Open Court, 2007, pp. 185-214.(in .pdf)

"Is Radical Interpretation Possible?," (with Jerry Fodor), in The Philosophy of Donald Davidson, edited R. Stalker, Kluwer Press, 1993:1-23; and in Philosophical Perspectives, vol 8., 1994, edited by James Tomberlin. *.pdf

"In Defense of Davidson," Linguistics and Philosophy, 5, December 1982, 277-294.


The Lexicon

"On Words", (with J. Hawthorne, forthcoming, The Journal of Philosophy)), Vol. CVIII, no. 9, 2011, pp.447-485

‘Impossible Words: reply to Johnson’, (with J. Fodor), Mind & Language, Vol. 20 No. 3 June 2005, pp. 353–356. *.pdf format

"Impossible Words?" (With Jerry Fodor), Linguistic Inquiry v30, summer 1999, pp. 445-453. *.pdf format

"Morphemes Matter," (with J. Fodor), forthcoming; RuCCS Tech Report *.pdf format).

"The Emptiness of the Lexicon," (with J. Fodor), Linguistic Inquiry, Vol 29, No. 2, Spring, 1998, pp. 269-288; RuCCS Tech Report *.pdf format, pdf - lexicon27.pdf).


Linguistic Competence

"Conditions on Understanding Language,"Aristotelian Society Proceedings, September, 1996:41-60. (Postscript -, Word for Windows 6.0 - arist4.doc)

“Knowledge of Language,” (with Kent Johnson) in Handbook of Epistemology, eds., I. Niiniluoto, M. Sintonen, and J. Wolenski, Kluwer  Academic Press, 2000, pp. 707-734. *.pdf


Metaphor, Irony and Poetry

Philosophical Investigations into Figurative Speech: Metaphor and Irony
(with Matthew Stone), The Philosophers Magazine, January, 2012.

The Heresy of Paraphrase: When the Medium Really is the Message, Midwest Studies in Philosophy, XXXIII, 2009, View: (in pdf)

"Against Metaphorical Meaning", (w. Matthew Stone, Topoi, Special Issue on Meaning, ed. D. Jacquette, 2010, View: (in pdf)




"What's What's Said", (w, U Stojnic), In What is Said and What is Not: The Semantics/Pragmatics Interface, Penco Carlo and Domaneschi Filippo (eds.), CSLI Lecture Notes No 207, CSLI Publications, Stanford, 2014., pp. 17-36., *.pdf

"Meaning and Ontology", (w. F. J. Pelletier), in /Meaning/ eds. R. Shantz, 2007, forthcoming. *.pdf

"Ontology in the Theory of Meaning", (w. K. Ludwig), /International Journal of Philosophical Studies /2006, pp. 323-335. *.pdf

"The Semantics of Action, Event, and Singular Causal Sentences", in /Action and Events: Perspectives on the Philosophy of Donald Davidson/, eds. E. Lepore and B. McLaughlin, Blackwell Publishers: Oxford, 1985, pp. 151-161

"Three Trivial Truth Theories," (with B. Loewer), Canadian Journal of Philosophy, September 1983, 433-447.

"What Model Theoretic Semantics Cannot Do," Synthese, 54, February 1982, 167-187.*.pdf

"Translational Semantics," (with B. Loewer) Synthese, 48, July 1981, 121-133.



New Pragmatists

"Brandom Beleaguered" (with J. Fodor), draft, forthcoming *.pdf

"Brandom's Burdens: a review of Robert B. Brandom's Articulating Reasons" (with J. Fodor),Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 2001.*.pdf format

"All At Sea in Semantic Space: Churchland on Meaning Similarity" (With Jerry Fodor), the Journal of Philosophy, v 96, 1999, pp. 381-403; Rutgers Technical Report Series, 46, 1999. *.pdf

"Churchland on State Space Semantics," (with Jerry Fodor), in The Churchlands and their Critics, ed. Robert McCauley, Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 1996, 145-158. *.pdf format



Philosophical Logic

"Reply to Fiengo and May's De Lingua Belief", (w. J. Armstrong), 2010, International Journal of Philosophical Studies Vol. 18(4), 569–579

Logic and Semantic Analysis [with M.Stone], Handbook of the Philosophy of Science. Volume 5: Philosophy of Logic (ed)Dale Jacquette, Elsevier, 2006, pp. 145-176. View: (in .pdf)

"What is Logical form& (w. K. Ludwig) in Logical Form, ed. G. Preyer, Oxford; University Press, February 2002; also, in _Interpreting Davidson_, eds (Segal, Pagin), Stanford University Press, 2001. View: (in .pdf)

"A Treatment of Quantifier Scope in English," (with J. Garson), Journal of Philosophical Logic, November 1983, 327-358. View: (in .pdf)

"Truth and Inference," Erkenntnis, 18, November 1982, 379-395.



Philosophy of Mind

"What is the Connection Principle?," Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, (with Jerry Fodor), December, 1994.*.pdf

"Subjectivity and Environmentalism," Inquiry, 33, 1990:197-214.

"More on Making Mind Matter," (with B. Loewer), Philosophical Topics, XVIII, spring, 1989:175-191. View: (in pdf)

"A Putnam's Progress," (with B. Loewer) Midwest Studies in Philosophy, June, 1988: 467-481.

"Mind Matters," (with B. Loewer) The Journal of Philosophy, November 1987: 630-642. Reprinted inThe Mind/Body Problem, edited by Richard Warner, Basil Blackwell, 1994. View: (in pdf)

"Solipsistic Semantics," Midwest Studies in Philosophy (with B. Loewer), 1986, 595-614. View: (in pdf)




"Misrepresenting Misrepresentation", (w. Michael Johnson, forthcoming, Understanding Quotation. Linguistic and philosophical analyses, Brendel, Elke & Meibauer, Jörg & Steinbach, Markus (eds.) )

Quotation, Context, Signs and Expressions (with H. Cappelen), Nous Supplement, 2006. (in pdf)

Varieties of Quotation Revisited ((with H. Cappelen) Belgian Journal of Linguistics, 2005 (in pdf)

Quotation [with H. Cappelen] Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2005. View: (in html)

"Varieties of Quotation,"; (with H. Cappelen), Mind, vol.106, July, 1997, pp.-429-450. (in pdf)

  • "Using, Mentioning and Quoting: A Reply to Saka" (with H. Cappelen), Mind, vol.108, October, 1999, pp.741-750. *.pdf
  • "Replies to Elugardo, Pietrowski, and Stainton," (with H. Cappelen), Philosophy and Linguistics, eds., Kumiko Murasugi and Robert Stainton, Westview Press, 1999, pp.279-285.
  • "Reply to Tsohatzidis " (with H. Cappelen) Mind, 665-666, 1998

"The Scope and Limits of Quotation." in: The Philosophy of Donald Davidson, ed. L. E. Hahn, Open Court Publishers, 1999, pp. 691-714. *.pdf



Semantics-Pragmatics Divide

"The breadth of semantics: reply to Szabo, Horn, and Bezuidenhout," (with Matthew Stone), InquIry, 2015, VOL. XX, nO. X, pages 1–12 (in pdf)



Semantics for Propositional Attitudes

"Quine and the Propositional Attitudes, " (with B. Loewer), in Essays in Honor of W.V.O. Quine, edited by M. Santombraggio and P. Leonardi, Cambridge University Press, 1995.

"What Davidson Should have Said," (with B. Loewer) Grazer Philosophica, 1989:65-78. Reprinted inInformation Based Semantics and Epistemology, ed. E. Villenueva, Basil Blackwell, 1990:190-199. (in pdf)

"A Study in Comparative Semantics," (with B. Loewer) Propositional Attitudes: The Role of Content in Logic, Language, and Mind, eds. Tony Anderson and Joseph Owens, University of Chicago Press, 1989:91-112.

"You Can Say That Again," (with B. Loewer) Midwest Studies in Philosophy, November, 1989:338-356.ADD *.pdf



Tense and Mood

"Outline for a Truth Conditional Semantics for Tense", Lepore, E., & Ludwig, K. (2003). In Q. Smith & A. Jokic (Eds.), Tense, Time and Reference (pp. 49-105). Cambridge: MIT Press. View: (in .pdf)

"Mood Matters" (with S-J Leslie) View: (in .pdf)

"Wh-words" (with S-J Leslie)



Encyclopedia/Directionary Entries

Truth Conditional Semantics and Meaning. In: Keith Brown, (Editor-in-Chief) Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics, Second Edition, volume 13, 2006, pp. 120-124. Oxford: Elsevier. View: (in .pdf)

"Donald Davidson", entry in the Dictionary of American Philosophy, Thoemes Press, 2005.

"W.V.O. Quine" entry in the Dictionary of American Philosophy, Thoemes Press, 2005.

"Philosophical Semantics", Encyclopedia Britannica, 2003.

"Meaning Holism" in Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science.

"Donald Davidson's Philosophy," Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 1998.

"John Searle," Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 1998.

"Verifiability," in A Companion to Epistemology, ed., R. Audi, Cambridge University Press, 1994.

"Verification," in A Companion to Epistemology, ed., R. Audi, Cambridge University Press, 1994.

"De re, De dicto, De se," in A Companion to Epistemology, ed., R. Audi, Cambridge University Press, 1994.

"Semantic Holism," in A Companion to Epistemology, ed., R. Audi, Cambridge University Press, 1994.

"Holism," in A Companion to Metaphysics, eds., E. Sosa and J. Kim, Basil Blackwell, 1993, 213-214.

"The Epistemology of Donald Davidson," in A Companion to Epistemology, eds., J. Dancy and E. Sosa, Basil Blackwell, 1992, 87-88.

"Donald Davidson," Handbook on Metaphysics and Logic, ed. B. Smith, Reidel, 1989.

"Jerry Fodor," Handbook on Metaphysics and Logic, ed. B. Smith, Reidel, 1989.

"Jerry Fodor and the Cognitive Sciences," MontEdison, in Italian, 1988.