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Kirk Ludwig

Kirk LudwigProfessor of Philosophy

Office: Sycamore Hall 125
Phone: 855-2404 (3777 fax)
Email: ludwig at



  • University of California, Santa Barbara, B.S., Physics, summa cum laude, 1981.
  • University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D., Philosophy, 1990.

Professor Ludwig conducts research on foundational issues in the philosophy of language (esp. logical form and semantics), the philosophy of mind and action, epistemology, and metaphysics, though his interests extend to every area of philosophical inquiry. He taught at the University of Florida from 1990 to 2010 and was the Colonel Alan R. and Margaret G. Crow CLAS Term Professor from 2008-2010, when he joined the philosophy department at Indiana University, Bloomington.

He is the editor of the volume on Donald Davidson (2003) in the Cambridge Contemporary Philosophy in Focus series, and he is coauthor with Ernie Lepore (Rutgers) of Donald Davidson: Meaning, Truth, Language and Reality (OUP 2005) and Donald Davidson's Truth-theoretic Semantics (OUP 2007), and co-editor with Ernie Lepore of A Companion to Davidson (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).

Recent publications include "Proxy Agency in Collective Action" (Nos 2013), "The Argument for Subject-Body Dualism fro Transtemporal-identity" (Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 2012), "Logical Form" (The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Language, 2012), "Truth and Meaning Redux" (with Ernie Lepore, Philosophical Studies, 2011), "Donald Davidson" (Key Thinkers in the Philosophy of Language, Continuum Press, 2010), "Intuitions and Relativity" (Philosophical Psychology, 2010), "Adverbs of Action and Logical Form" (A Companion to the Philosophy of Action, Wiley, 2009), "Fodor's Challenge to the Classical Computational Theory of Mind" (with Susan Schneider, Mind and Language, 2008), "The Concept of Truth and the Semantics of the Truth Predicate" (with Emil Badici, Inquiry, 2007), "Radical Misinterpretation: A Reply to Stoutland" (with Ernie Lepore, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 2007), "The Epistemology of Thought Experiments" (Midwest Studies in Philosophy, 2007), "The Argument from Normative Autonomy for Collective Agents" (Journal of Social Philosophy, 2007), "Collective Intentional Behavior from the Standpoint of Semantics" (Nos, 2007).

He is currently working inter alia on a book titled Understanding Collective Action: From Individual to Institutional Agency.