Paul John Conlan

Some sort of philosopher's website


My primary research interest is in how developing a hybrid expressivist/transparency account of self-knowledge. I draw on Gareth Evans account of the transparency of belief, Matthew Boyle’s work on the transparency of self-knowledge, and on Richard Moran’s account of self-knowledge as a form of agency in doing this.

I’m also interested in Wittgensteinian approaches to self-knowledge (of a deflationary sort), and queries surrounding the nature of first person thought, particularly the work of Elizabeth Anscombe and Thomas Nagel.

I also have some interest in epistemology of disagreement, and in particular the connection between peer disagreement and epistemic defeaters.

I am interested in the semantics and pragmatics of indexicals, in particular the use of the first person pronoun.


“The Virtual ‘Me’ Puzzle.” 2nd Context, Content and Communication Workshop. Warsaw. June 2018 (with Jiwon Kim)

“The Virtual ‘Me’ Puzzle.” Borg/Predelli workshop on Contexts, Genoa. May 2018 (with Jiwon Kim)

“Charles Stross’ Glasshouse – Philosophical Themes.” Knowledge Beyond Natural Science Cafe Philosophique, Blackwells Bookshop, Edinburgh. April 2018.

“Peer Disagreement as Closure Failure.” SoPhia Conference for Young Analytic Philosophers. Salzburg. September 2017.