Guy Longworth University of Warwick
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My main research interest is the nature of knowledge of language and linguistic understanding, and the role of that knowledge in communication. My other interests include: the philosophy of language; the communication of knowledge through testimony; the nature of linguistic properties; the semantics and metaphysics associated with talk about events, processes, and states; the philosophy of linguistics; the nature of perception, especially perception of speech; and the history of analytic philosophy, especially the work of Frege and Russell.
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  1. Guy Longworth, Surveying the Facts.
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  2. Guy Longworth (forthcoming). Ignorance of Linguistics: A Note on Michael Devitt's Ignorance of Linguistics. Croatian Journal of Philosophy.
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  3. Guy Longworth (forthcoming). J. L. Austin. In B. Lee (ed.), Philosophy of Language: The Key Thinkers. Continuum.
  4. Guy Longworth (forthcoming). Prospects for a Truth-Conditional Account of Standing Meaning. In Richard Schantz (ed.), Current Issues in Theoretical Philosophy, v.3, Prospects for Meaning. De Gruyter.
  5. Guy Longworth (forthcoming). The Philosophy of J. L. Austin, Edited by Martin Gustafsson and Richard Sørli. [REVIEW] Mind:fzu125.
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  6. Guy Longworth (2014). Disagreement and Skepticism. Philosophical Quarterly 64 (254):188-191.
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  7. Guy Longworth (2014). You and Me. :1-15.
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  8. Guy Longworth (2013). Epistemic Authority. Analysis 74 (1):ant115.
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  9. Guy Longworth (2013). Sharing Thoughts About Oneself. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 113 (1pt1):57-81.
    This paper is about first-person thoughts—thoughts about oneself that are expressible through uses of first-person pronouns (for example, ‘I’). It is widely held that first-person thoughts cannot be shared. My aim is to postpone rejection of the more natural view that such thoughts about oneself can be shared. I sketch an account on which such thoughts can be shared and indicate some ways in which deciding the fate of the account will depend upon further work.
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  10. G. Longworth (2012). Knowledge on Trust * by Paul Faulkner. Analysis 72 (3):623-624.
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  11. Guy Longworth (2012). Faith in Others. Abstracta 6 (3):6-32.
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  12. Guy Longworth (2009). A Plea for Understanding. In Sarah Sawyer (ed.), New Waves in the Philosophy of Language. Palgrave.
  13. Guy Longworth (2009). Ignorance of Linguistics: A Note on Devitt's Ignorance of Language. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 25 (1):21-34.
    Michael Devitt has argued that Chomsky, along with many other Linguists and philosophers, is ignorant of the true nature of Generative Linguistics. In particular, Devitt argues that Chomsky and others wrongly believe the proper object of linguistic inquiry to be speakers' competences, rather than the languages that speakers are competent with. In return, some commentators on Devitt's work have returned the accusation, arguing that it is Devitt who is ignorant about Linguistics. In this note, I consider whether there might be (...)
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  14. Guy Longworth (2009). Ignorance of Linguistics. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 9 (1):21-34.
    Michael Devitt has argued that Chomsky, along with many other Linguists and philosophers, is ignorant of the true nature of Generative Linguistics. In particular, Devitt argues that Chomsky and others wrongly believe the proper object of linguistic inquiry to be speakers’ competences, rather than the languages that speakers are competent with. In return, some commentators on Devitt’s work have returned the accusation, arguing that it is Devitt who is ignorant about Linguistics. In this note, I consider whether there might be (...)
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  15. Guy Longworth (2009). Some Models of Linguistic Understanding. The Baltic International Yearbook 5 (1):7.
    I discuss the conjecture that understanding what is said in an utterance is to be modelled as knowing what is said in that utterance. My main aim is to present a number of alter- native models, as a prophylactic against premature acceptance of the conjecture as the only game in town. I also offer preliminary assessments of each of the models, including the propositional knowledge model, in part by considering their respective capacities to sub-serve the transmission of knowledge through testimony. (...)
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  16. G. Longworth (2008). Review: Robert J. Matthews: The Measure of Mind: Propositional Attitudes and Their Attribution. [REVIEW] Mind 117 (466):494-500.
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  17. Guy Longworth (2008). Comprehending Speech. Philosophical Perspectives 22 (1):339-373.
    What is the epistemological role of speech perception in comprehension? More precisely, what is its role in episodes or states of comprehension able to mediate the communication of knowledge? One answer, developed in recent work by Tyler Burge, has it that its role may be limited to triggering mobilizations of the understanding. I argue that, while there is much to be said for such a view, it should not be accepted. I present an alternative account, on which episodes of comprehension (...)
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  18. Guy Longworth (2008). Linguistic Understanding and Knowledge. Noûs 42 (1):50–79.
    Is linguistic understanding a form of knowledge? I clarify the question and then consider two natural forms a positive answer might take. I argue that, although some recent arguments fail to decide the issue, neither positive answer should be accepted. The aim is not yet to foreclose on the view that linguistic understanding is a form of knowledge, but to develop desiderata on a satisfactory successor to the two natural views rejected here.
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  19. Guy Longworth (2007). Conflicting Grammatical Appearances. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 21 (3):403-426.
    I explore one apparent source of conflict between our naïve view of grammatical properties and the best available scientific view of grammatical properties. That source is the modal dependence of the range of naïve, or manifest, grammatical properties that is available to a speaker upon the configurations and operations of their internal systems—that is, upon scientific grammatical properties. Modal dependence underwrites the possibility of conflicting grammatical appearances. In response to that possibility, I outline a compatibilist strategy, according to which the (...)
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  20. Guy Longworth (2007). Conflicting Grammatical Appearances. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 7 (3):403-426.
    I explore one apparent source of confl ict between our naïve view of grammatical properties and the best available scientifi c view of grammatical properties. That source is the modal dependence of the range of naïve, or manifest, grammatical properties that is available to a speaker upon the confi gurations and operations of their internal systems—that is, upon scientifi c grammatical properties. Modal dependence underwrites the possibility of confl icting grammatical appearances. In response to that possibility, I outline a compatibilist (...)
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  21. Kit Fine, Jane Heal, Jennifer Hornsby, Keith Hossack, April Jones, Mark Kalderon, Guy Longworth, Mike Martin, Joseph Melia & Alex Oliver (2006). Fraser MacBride. In Barry C. Smith (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language. Oxford University Press.
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  22. Jennifer Hornsby & Guy Longworth (eds.) (2006). Reading Philosophy of Language: Selected Texts with Interactive Commentary. Blackwell Pub..
    Designed for readers new to the subject, Reading Philosophy of Language presents key texts in the philosophy of language together with helpful editorial guidance. A concise collection of key texts in the philosophy of language Ideal for readers new to the subject. Features seminal texts by leading figures in the field, such as Austin, Chomsky, Davidson, Dummett and Searle. Presents three texts on each of five key topics: speech and performance; meaning and truth; knowledge of language; meaning and compositionality; and (...)
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  23. Guy Longworth (2003). Where Should We Look for the Mind? Think 5 (5):45-50.
    Is your mind in your head? The answer, surprisingly, may be . Guy Longworth sets out the philosophical case for accepting that our minds extend much further into the world than that.
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  24. Guy Longworth (2002). Timothy Williamson. Knowledge and Its Limits. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Pp. Xi + 340. SATS: Northern European Journal of Philosophy 3 (1):135-139.
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  25. Guy Longworth (2001). Demystifying Meaning. Philosophical Papers 30 (2):145-167.
    Abstract Some philosophers find linguistic meaning mysterious. Two approaches suggest themselves for removing the felt mystery, or demystifying meaning. One involves providing a substantive account of meaning in meaning-free terms. Although this approach has come under serious attack in recent years, Paul Horwich has recently presented a version of the approach that might be thought impervious. A preliminary attempt is made to argue that Horwich's version is vulnerable to the considerations felt to undermine other versions of the substantive approach to (...)
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  26. Guy Longworth, Something About John L. Austin.
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  27. Guy Longworth, Analytic Philosophy.
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  28. Guy Longworth, Empiricism/Rationalism.
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  29. Guy Longworth, Appearance Pluralism, Perception, and Causation.
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  30. Guy Longworth, Review of The Measure of Mind : Propositional Attitudes and Their Attribution, by Matthew, R. J. [REVIEW]
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