brian rabern


past talks.

upcoming talks.



  • Variables and quantification, Kompaktseminar in Logik, Göttingen, Germany.




  • A bridge from semantic value to content, Glasgow University Philosophy Society, November 2, 2016.



  • The myth of occurrence-based semantics, What is Said--What is Meant, Berlin, Germany, September 9-13 2016.


  • The myth of occurrence-based semantics, Mid-Atlantic Philosophy of Language Workshop, Morgantown, WV, August 4, 2016.


  • Quantifiers vs intensional operators: a distinction without difference, Workshop on Operators vs Quantifiers, Barcelona, Spain, July 1, 2016.


  • Binding across quantifiers concealed in diamonds, MCMP Colloquium in Mathematical Philosophy, Munich, Germany, June 9, 2016.


  • Binding the bound, Edinburgh Language Workshop, Scotland, May 9, 2016.


  • Variables under epistemic modals, St. Andrews Philosophy Club, March 30, 2016.


  • Variables under epistemic modals, VSS Staff Seminar, Edinburgh, November 27, 2015.


  • Variables under epistemic modals, Toronto M&E Group, University of Toronto, October 23, 2015.


  • A solution to the problem of recurring demonstratives, Pacific APA, Vancouver, Canada, April 1, 2015.


  • Semantic pluralism and the meaning of 'x', The Semantic Pluralism Workshop, Konstanz, Germany, January 19th, 2015.


  • The compositionality argument for temporalism, Arché Tense in Semantics and Philosophy of Language Workshop, June 5, 2014.


  • Propositional content under contextual shifting and updating, Berkeley/CSMN Metasemantics Workshop, March 9, 2014.


  • The antinomy of the variable: renewed and resolved, Institute of Philosophy, London, LEM Forum, November 11, 2013.


  • Tenses, sentences, and schmentences, Workshop on Tense, Modality, and Semantic Values, University of Oslo, June 2013.


  • Propositions and reference in natural language semantics, Arché Philosophy of Semantics Workshop, St. Andrews, May 2013.


  • Embedding and the objects of assertion, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, July 10, 2012.


  • Descriptions which have grown capital letters, Pacific APA, Seattle, WA, April 5, 2012. (poster presentation for 39th Language@Ed)


  • Assertoric content and variable binding, Leeds University, Leeds, UK, February 12, 2012.


  • Two-dimensionalism and the argument from binding, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, January 20, 2012.


  • Monsters in Kaplan's Logic of Demonstratives, Eastern APA, Washington, DC, December 28, 2011.


  • Semantic content and variable binding, 3rd Semantic Content Workshop, Barcelona, Spain, November 4, 2011.


  • Natural language semantics and propositions, ANU Philosophy Society, Canberra, Australia, March 15, 2011.


  • Propositional content and compositionality, Propositions and Same-Saying workshop, Sydney, Australia, July 21, 2010.


  • Embedding indexicals, Australasian Association of Philosophy, Sydney, Australia, July 3, 2010.


  • A puzzle about names, ANU Philosophy Society, Canberra, Australia, September 3, 2010.


  • Monsters in the semantics, Friday Seminar, St. Andrews, Scotland, November 11, 2009.


  • Why double indexing?, Australasian Association of Philosophy, Melbourne, Australia, July 7, 2009.


  • The character of names and epistemic monsters, ANU Philosophy Society, Canberra, Australia, December 3, 2008.


  • Is direct reference a pragmatic phenomenon?, Australasian Association of Philosophy, Melbourne, Australia, June 30, 2008.


  • The names as predicates hypothesis, Kioloa Workshop, New South Wales, Australia, 2008.