[Department of Philosophy, University of Saskatchewan, 100 Years]
Dr. Peter Alward

Dr. Peter Alward

Professor, Department Head, and Graduate Chair
MA (Dalhousie), Ph.D. (North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

(306) 966-6384

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Peter Alward received his MA from Dalhousie University in 1991 and his PhD from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1998. He works primarily in the philosophy of language and the philosophy of art, but has also published on issues in metaphysics, the philosophy of mind, and biomedical ethics. He has recently published a book on the philosophy of fiction entitled Empty Revelations: An essay on talk about and attitudes toward fiction.

Areas of expertise

Philosophy of Language, philosophy of art, metaphysics, philosophy of mind

Fictional discourse, Belief sentences, Propositional attitudes, Propositions, Fictional names

Selected Publications

Empty Revelations: An Essay on Talk about and Attitudes Toward Fiction, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2012

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

"That's the Fictional Truth, Ruth," Acta Analytica, forthcoming.

"The (Rump) Parliamentarian's Reply," Dialogue, 48.3, 2009: 665-672.

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

"Cluster Theory: Resurrection," Dialogue, 48.2, 2009: 269-289.

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

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

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

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

"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.

"Are Functional Properties Causally Potent?" Sorites, 17, 2006: 48-54.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Fregecide," Dialogue, 42, 2003: 275-290.

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

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

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