- Faculty, Wayne State University
- PhD, Indiana University, 1976.
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Areas of interest
My research is in the Philosophy of Language and has primarily concerned the semantics of natural language, especially the meaning and reference of proper names, indexical and anaphoric pronouns, natural kind terms, and the meaning and logical form of cognitive ascriptions. I am also very interested in the relevance of these topics to traditional metaphysical questions in the Philosophy of Mind, including the nature of cognitive properties and the mind/body problem, as well as to issues in the Philosophy of Logic, including the nature of logical truth and valid inference. I am the author of over thirty articles on these and other topics. Some recent articles include: "The Semantics of Belief Ascriptions," (Nous); “On Knowing Our Own Minds,” (Philosophical Quarterly), “Forms of Externalism and Privileged Access,” (Philosophical Perspectives), “Thought by Description,” (Philosophy and Phenomenological Research), "Understanding Proper Names,” (Linguistics and Philosophy), and "Truths Containing Empty Names" (in "Philosophical Approaches to Proper Names").
- Michael McKinsey (2016). "Truths Containing Empty Names". In Piotr Stalmaszczyk & Luis Fernandez Moreno (eds.), Philosophical Approaches to Proper Names. Peter Lang GmbH 175-202.
- Michael McKinsey (2010). Understanding Proper Names. Linguistics and Philosophy 33 (4):325-354.
- Michael Mckinsey (2009). Thought by Description. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 78 (1):83-102.
- Michael McKinsey (2007). 14 A Refutation of Qualia-Physicalism. In Michael O'Rourke Corey Washington (ed.), Situating Semantics: Essays on the Philosophy of John Perry. 469.
- Michael McKinsey (2007). Externalism and Privileged Access Are Inconsistent. In Brian P. McLaughlin & Jonathan D. Cohen (eds.), Contemporary Debates in the Philosophy of Mind. Blackwell
- Michael McKinsey (2006). Direct Reference and Logical Truth: A Reply to Lasonen-Aarnio. Dialectica 60 (4):447-451.
- Michael McKinsey (2005). Critical Notice of Scott Soames, Beyond Rigidity. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 35 (1):149-168.
- Michael McKinsey (2003). Transmission of Warrant and Closure of Apriority. In Susana Nuccetelli (ed.), New Essays on Semantic Externalism and Self-Knowledge. MIT Press 97--116.
- Michael McKinsey (2002). Forms of Externalism and Privileged Access. Philosophical Perspectives 16 (s16):199-224.
- Michael McKinsey (2002). On Knowing Our Own Minds. [REVIEW] Philosophical Quarterly 52 (206):107-16.
- Michael McKinsey (2001). The Semantic Basis of Externalism. In J. Campbell, M. O. Rourke & David Shier (eds.), Meaning and Truth. New York: Seven Bridges Press
- Michael McKinsey (1999). The Semantics of Belief Ascriptions. Noûs 33 (4):519-557.
- Michael McKinsey (1998). The Grammar of Belief. In William J. Rapaport & F. Orilia (eds.), Thought, Language, and Ontology, Essays in Memory of Hector-Neri Castaneda. Kluwer
- Michael McKinsey (1997). Beyond Formalism. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 57 (3):709-713.
- Michael McKinsey (1994). Accepting the Consequences of Anti-Individualism. Analysis 54 (2):124-8.
- Michael McKinsey (1994). Individuating Beliefs. Philosophical Perspectives 8:303-30.
- Michael McKinsey (1993). Curing Folk Psychology of Arthritis. Philosophical Studies 70 (3):323-36.
- Michael McKinsey (1991). Anti-Individualism and Privileged Access. Analysis 51 (January):9-16.
- Michael McKinsey (1991). The Internal Basis of Meaning. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 72 (June):143-69.
- Michael McKinsey (1987). Apriorism in the Philosophy of Language. Philosophical Studies 52 (July):1-32.
- Michael Mckinsey (1986). Mental Anaphora. Synthese 66 (1):159 - 175.
- N. C. A. Costa, David Harrah, Michael Tye, D. S. Clarke, Jeffrey Olen, Robert Young, Richard Campbell, Michael McKinsey, John Peterson, Alex C. Michalos, John Glucker, John T. Blackmore, Eileen Bagus & Barbara Goodwin (1985). Book Reviews. [REVIEW] Philosophia 15 (1-2):279-281.
- Michael Mckinsey (1984). Causality and the Paradox of Names. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 9 (1):491-515.
- Michael McKinsey (1983). Michael Devitt, Designation Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 3 (3):112-116.
- Michael McKinsey (1983). Psychologism in Semantics. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 13 (1):1 - 25.
- Michael McKinsey (1981). Causes and Intentions: A Reply. Philosophical Review 90 (3):408-423.
- Michael McKinsey (1981). Obligations to the Starving. Noûs 15 (3):309-323.
- Michael McKinsey (1980). Against a Defence of Cluster Theories. Analysis 40 (1):1 - 5.
- Michael McKinsey (1979). Expressing Mental States. Philosophia 8 (4):657-671.
- Michael McKinsey (1979). Levels of Obligation. Philosophical Studies 35 (4):385 - 395.
- Michael Mckinsey (1979). The Ambiguity of Definite Descriptions. Theoria 45 (2):78-89.
- Michael McKinsey (1978). Kripke's Objections to Description Theories of Names. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 8 (3):485 - 497.
- Michael McKinsey (1978). Names and Intentionality. Philosophical Review 87 (2):171-200.
- Michael McKinsey (1976). Divided Reference in Causal Theories of Names. Philosophical Studies 30 (4):235 - 242.
- Michael McKinsey (1971). Searle on Proper Names. Philosophical Review 80 (2):220-229.
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