Specialization: Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Logic, Semantics, Linguistic Theory
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Adèle Mercier works generally in the areas of philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, related issues in metaphysics & epistemology, natural language semantics, philosophy of linguistics and foundational issues in theoretical linguistics, but her interests are broad and include logic, ethics, philosophy of law and political philosophy. In the past, she did post-doctoral work at the Center for Study of Language and Information of Stanford University in California and at the Centre de Recherche en Epistémologie Appliquée (now Institut Jean Nicod) in Paris. She has taught philosophy as a Visiting Professor at UCLA and at the University of Barcelona, where she is a research affiliate of LOGOS: Logic, Language and Cognition Research Group. Among her writings is a meticulous scrutiny of what exactly is wrong with masculine language serving double duty as sex-neutral language; this paper won an APA Best Paper award. She has recently acted as expert witness in Canadian Courts, defending gay couples seeking the right to marry against the claim that homosexual marriage is rendered logically impossible by the semantics of English. She loves teaching logic and is currently at work on what she aims to be the most user-friendly-yet- philosophically-sophisticated logic textbook ever written.