Dorit Bar-On specializes in philosophy of language & mind, epistemology, and metaethics. In her book Speaking My Mind: Expression and Self-Knowledge (Oxford Nov 2004), she develops a 'neo-expressivist' view of so-called first-person authority, drawing on insights from philosophy of language, mind, theory of action, and epistemology. She has published articles on Quine, Davidson, Dummett, Grice, meaning and interpretation, conceptual relativism, deflationism, skepticism, self-knowledge, introspection, and ethical expressivism. More recently, she has been working on the topic of continuities between linguistic and non-linguistic communication and expressive behavior. In 2009, she received a 3-year NSF grant (extended till 2013) for collaborative research with Mitchell Green, for the project: Communication, Expression, and the Origins of Meaning.
A book manuscript, Expression, Action, and Meaning (tentative title)
A book manuscript, If Truth Be Told (with Keith Simmons)
- With Crispin Wright, a volume on Expression and Self-Knowledge for the Wiley series Great Debates in Philosophy
“Gricean Intentions, Expressive Communication, and Origins of Meaning”
- "Origins: Subjective, Intersubjective, Objective" (with Matthew Priselac)
- "Self-Knowledge of Belief", with Kate Nolfi, Oxford Online Handbook
- "Emotions and Their Expressions", with Jim Sias.
- Speaking My Mind: Expression and Self-Knowledge, Clarendon Press, Oxford, November 2004 (464pp.)
Reviews and Critical Studies of Speaking My Mind: Expression and Self-Knowledge
- Review by Alex Byrne of Speaking My Mind, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (forthcoming)
- Review by Anthony Brueckner of Speaking my Mind in Self-Knowledge, A. Hatzimoysis, ed., Oxford University Press, 2010.
Analytica Precis of Speaking My Mind plus Commentaries,
and Replies 2010.
- Review by Richard Vallée of Speaking My Mind for Philosophical Review, April 2008.
- Review by Joseph Owens of Speaking my Mind for Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2007.
- Review by Jordi Fernández of Speaking my Mind for The Philosophical Quarterly, 2006.
- Review by Fredrik Stjernberg of Speaking my Mind for Metapsychology, Vol. 10, Issue 38, 2006.
- Review by Julia Tanney of Speaking my Mind for Mind, 2007, 116: 727-732.
Papers on Expression, Communication and Meaning
- "Expression: Acts, Products, and Meaning", forthcoming in Minimalism, Pragmatism, Expressivism Gross et al. (eds.), Oxford UP
- "Expressive Communication and Continuity Skepticism" Journal of Philosophy, June 2013
- "Origins of Meaning: Must We 'Go Gricean'?", Mind&Language, June 2013
- "Expressing as Showing 'What's Within'", Philosophical Books, October 2010
- “Lionspeak: Communication, Expression, and Meaning”(with Mitchell Green) in Self, Language, and World: Problems from Kant, Sellars, and Rosenberg: in Memory of Jay F. Rosenberg, J., J. O'Seah & E. Rubenstein, eds., Ridgeview 2010
- "Triangulation and the Beasts" (with Matthew Priselac) in (C. Amoretti and G. Preyer, eds.), Triangulation: from an Epistemological Point of View, Ontos Verlag, 2011
- "'Meaning' Reconstructed: Grice and the Naturalization of Semantics" in Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 1995
Papers on Expressivism and Self-knowledge
Is Ethical Neo-Expressivism a Hybrid View?” (with Matthew Chrisman and Jim Sias), forthcoming in Having It Both Ways: Hybrid Theories and Modern Metaethics (Fletcher and Ridge, eds.), Oxford UP
- "Varieties of Expressivism" (with Jim Sias), Philosophy Compass 2013
- "Externalism and Skepticism: Recognition, Expression, and Self-Knowledge" in Self-Knowledge and the Self, A. Coliva, ed., Oxford University Press (forthcoming)"
- "First-Person Authority: Dualism, Constitutivism, and Neo-Expressivism" in Erkenntnis volume on First-Person Authority, 2009
- “Ethical Neo-Expressivism,” (with Matthew Chrisman) Oxford Studies in Metaethics, Vol. V, 2009
- [Review of "Ethical Neo-Expressivism" by Alexander Miller, in Ethics, October 2010]
- “Neo-Expressivism: Avowals’ Security and Privileged Self-Knowledge (Reply to Brueckner),” in Self-Knowledge, A. Hatzimoysis, ed., Oxford University Press, 2010
- “Expression, Truth, and Reality: Some Variations on Themes from Wright,” in Festschrift for Crispin Wright, A. Coliva, ed., Oxford University Press (forthcoming)
- “Externalism and Self-Knowledge: Content, Use, and Expression,” Nous 38, 2004, 430-455.
- "Knowing Selves: Expression, Truth, and Knowledge," (with Douglas Long) in Privileged Access: Philosophical Accounts of Self-Knowledge (Brie Gertler, ed.), Ashgate Epistemology and Mind Series, 2003, 179-212.
- “Avowals and First-Person Privilege,” (with Douglas Long) Philosophy and Phenomenological Research LXII No.2, March 2001, 311-335.
- “Speaking My Mind,” Philosophical Topics 28, Fall 2000, 1-34.
Papers on Meaning and Linguistic Knowledge
- "'Natural' Semantic Facts – Between Eliminativism and Hyper-Realism,” in The Maribor Papers in Naturalized Semantics, Dunja Jutronic, ed., 1997, 99-117.
- "Anti-Realism and Speaker Knowledge," Synthese 106, 1996, 139-166.
- "Is There Such a Thing as a Language," Canadian Journal of Philosophy, June 1992 (with Mark Risjord), 163-190.
- "On the Possibility of a Solitary Language," Nous 26, March 1992, 27-46.
Papers on Conceptual Relativism
- "Language, Concepts and Culture: Between Pluralism and Relativism,” Facta Philosophica, 2004, 183-221.
- "Conceptual Relativism and Translation," in Language, Mind and Epistemology, Preyer et al (eds.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1994, 145-170.
- "The Use of Force Against Deflationism: Assertion and Truth," (with Keith Simmons) in Truth and Speech Acts: Studies in the Philosophy of Language, Greimann and Siegwart, eds., Routledge, 2007.
- “Deflationism,” (with Keith Simmons) in Oxford Handbook in Philosophy of Language, Ernie LePore, ed., Oxford University Press, 2006.
- “Deflationism, Meaning and Truth Conditions,” with postscript (with William Lycan, and Claire Horisk), reprinted with Postscript in Deflationary Truth, B. P. Armour-Garb and JC Beall, eds., Open Court Readings in Philosophy, 2004, 321-352.
- “Deflationism, Meaning and Truth Conditions,” (with William Lycan, and Claire Horisk), Philosophical Studies 101, 1999, 1-28.
- "Troubles with Deflationism” (with Keith Simmons), “Language, Context, and Cognition” workshop, Uruguay, May 2007. (talk, please do not cite)
Papers on Quine and the Indeterminacy of Translation
- "Semantic Eliminativism and the ‘Theory'-Theory of Linguistic Understanding," in New Essays in Philosophy of Language and Mind, C. Viger, R. Stainton, M. Ezcurdia, (eds.) 2004.
- "Indeterminacy of Translation: Theory and Practice," Philosophy and Phenomenological Research LIII, No.4, December 1993, 781-810.
- "Semantic Verificationism, Linguistic Behaviorism, and Translation," Philosophical Studies 66, 1992, 235-59.
- "Scepticism: The External World and Meaning," Philosophical Studies 60, December 1990, 207-231.
- "Semantic Indeterminacy and Scientific Underdetermination," Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 67, October 1986, 245-263.
- "Expressing as Showing What's Within: On Mitchell Green's Self-Expression", in Philosophical Books, Vol. 51 No. 4, 2010
- Review of Akeel Bilgrami, Self-Knowledge and Resentment, for Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2007.
- Review of Timothy McCarthy (with Dean Pettit), Radical Interpretation and Translation for Mind Vol. 114, No. 454, April 2005, 429-435.
- Review of B. Loewer and G. Rey (eds), Meaning in Mind: Fodor and His Critics, in Philosophical Psychology, 1994.
- Review of Peter Strawson, Analysis and Metaphysics, in Philosophia, 1994.
- Review of Christopher Hookway, Quine: Language, Experience and Reality, in International Studies in Philosophy, 1990.