James Higginbotham

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James Higginbotham FBA (17 August 1941-21 April 2014) was a distinguished professor of Linguistics and Philosophy at the University of Southern California. Beforehand, he was Professor of Linguistics at MIT, Massachusetts, and at the University of Oxford, where he was head of the Linguistics Department.


  • Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College Oxford, Trinity Term 2010.
  • Vera Brittain Visiting Fellow, Somerville College Oxford, 1 January-30 June 2009.
  • Distinguished Professor, University of Southern California, from January 2008.
  • Linda Hilf Chair in Philosophy, USC, from March 2004.
  • Fulbright Distinguished Professor of the Philosophy of Language, University of Venice Ca’Foscari, Italy, Spring 2003.
  • Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford, Trinity Term 2001.
  • Fellow of the British Academy, from 1995.
  • Visiting Fellow, All Souls College Oxford, Hilary Term, 1990.
  • Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College Oxford, Trinity Term, 1988.
  • Visiting Scholar, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy, Spring Term 1987.
  • Professor Higginbotham published many articles in MIT working papers in linguistics, Linguistic Inquiry, Mind & Language, Linguistics & Philosophy, etc.
  • He authored volumes published by Oxford University Press, Routledge, and he edited a volume on the semantics of events published by OUP.

Prof. Higginbotham edited the Journal of Philosophy (alongside others), one of the most authoritative philosophy journals in USA. He was also the editor of the OUP series in cognitive science and the associate editor of Pragmatics and Cognition.


Publications (most recent first)[edit]

  • "On Words and Thoughts About Oneself." Isidora Stojanovich, François Recanati, and Neftalì Villanueva (eds.), Context-Dependence, Perspective, and Relativity. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2010. pp. 253–282.
  • Tense, Aspect, and Indexicality. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics.
  • Review article: On Jeffrey C. King, The Nature and Structure of Content. Philosophical Books 50, 1 (2009). pp. 29–37.
  • "Two Interfaces." Massimo Piatelli-Palmarini, Juan Uriagereka, and Pello Salaburu (eds.), Of Minds and Language: A Dialogue with Noam Chomsky in the Basque Country. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. pp. 142–150, plus discussion pp. 150–154.
  • "Expression, Truth, Predication, and Context." International Journal of Philosophical Studies 16, 4 (2008). pp. 473–494. Also to appear in Richard Schantz (ed.), Prospects for Meaning. New York: de Gruyter.
  • "The English Perfect and the Metaphysics of Events." Jacqueline Lecarme and Jacqueline Guéron (eds.), Time and Modality. Berlin: Springer Verlag, 2008. pp. 173–193.
  • "Evidentials: Some Preliminary Distinctions." Robert J. Stainton and Christopher Viger (eds.), Compositionality, Context, and Semantic Values: Essays in Honour of Ernie Lepore. Berlin: Springer Verlag, 2008. pp. 221–235.
  • "Remarks on Compositionality." Gillian Ramchand and Charles Reiss (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Interfaces. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. pp. 425–444.
  • "The Anaphoric Theory of Tense." Masayuki Gibson and Jonathan Howell (eds.), Proceedings From Semantics and Linguistic Theory 16. CLC Publications, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 2006. pp. 59–76.
  • "Languages and Idiolects: Their Language and Ours." The Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Language, Ernest Lepore and Barry Smith (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. pp. 140–148.
  • "Sententialism: The Thesis that Complement Clauses Refer to Themselves." Ernest Sosa and Enrique Villanueva (eds.), Philosophical Issues 16: Philosophy of Language (a supplementary volume to Noûs). Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2006. pp. 101–119.
  • "Truth and Reference as the Basis of Meaning." Michael Devitt and Richard Hanley (eds.), The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Language. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2006. pp. 58–76.
  • "The Scope Hypothesis." Lewis Hahn (ed.), The Philosophy of Jaakko Hintikka. A volume in the Library of Living Philosophers. Chicago, Illinois: Open Court, 2006. pp. 561–573.
  • "Event Positions: Suppression and Emergence." Theoretical Linguistics 31, 3 (2005). pp. 349–358.
  • "Events, States, and Actions: Some Clarifications" (abstract). Nanzan Linguistics, October 2004.
  • "Jackendoff’s Conceptualism." Invited commentary on Ray Jackendoff, Foundations of Language. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 26, 6 (2004). pp. 680–681.
  • "The English Progressive." Jacqueline Gueron and Jacqueline Lecarme (eds.), The Syntax of Time. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2004. pp. 329–358.
  • "Conditionals and Compositionality." John Hawthorne and Dean Zimmerman (eds.), Philosophical Perspectives 17 (2003). pp. 181–194. Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishing. Revised from "A Note on Conditionals and Compositionality," USC Working Papers in Linguistics, spring 2003.
  • "Remembering, Imagining, and the First Person." Alex Barber (ed.), Epistemology of Language. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. pp. 496–533.
  • "Tensed Second Thoughts: Comments on Richard." Aleksander Jokic and Quentin Smith (eds.), Time, Tense, and Reference. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2003. pp. 191–197.
  • "Competence With Demonstratives." Philosophical Perspectives 16 (2002). pp. 3–18. Also in Bjørn Ramberg and Martin Hahn (eds.), Reflections and Replies: Essays on the Philosophy of Tyler Burge. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2003. pp. 101–115.
  • "On Linguistics in Philosophy, and Philosophy in Linguistics." Linguistics and Philosophy 25, 5-6 (2002). pp. 573–584.
  • "Why is Sequence of Tense Obligatory?" Gerhard Preyer and Georg Peter (eds.), Logical Form and Language. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2002. pp. 207–227.
  • "On Referential Semantics and Cognitive Science." João Branquinho (ed.), Foundations of Cognitive Science. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001. pp. 145–156.
  • "Accomplishments." Proceedings of Glow in Asia II, Nagoya, Japan. Nagoya: Nanzan University, 2000. pp. 72–82.
  • "Syntax." Commissioned entry for The Encyclopedia of Philosophy Supplement. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 2001.
  • "On Events in Linguistic Semantics." James Higginbotham, Fabio Pianesi, and Achille Varzi (eds.), Speaking of Events. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. pp. 49–79.
  • "On Second-Order Logic and Natural Language." Gila Sher and Richard Tieszen (eds.), Between Logic and Intuition: Essays in Honor of Charles Parsons. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. pp. 79–99.
  • "Tense, Indexicality, and Consequence." Jeremy Butterfield (ed.), The Arguments of Time. A British Academy ‘Centenary’ Monograph. Published for The British Academy by Oxford University Press, Oxford 1999. pp. 197–215.
  • "A Perspective on Truth and Meaning." Lewis Edwin Hahn (ed.), The Philosophy of Donald Davidson. The Library of Living Philosophers, vol. XXVII. Chicago, Illinois: Open Court, 1999. pp. 671–686. Reprinted in part in Jennifer Hornsby and Guy Longworth (eds.), Reading Philosophy of Language. Oxford: Blackwell, 2006. pp. 224–232.
  • "Thematic Roles." Commissioned article for The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 1999. pp. 837–838.
  • "Perceptual Reports Revisited." Kumiko Murasugi and Robert Stainton (eds.), Philosophy and Linguistics. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1999. pp. 11–33.
  • "Conceptual Competence." Enrique Villanueva (ed.), Concepts (Philosophical Issues 9). Altascadero, California: Ridgeview Publishing Company, 1998. pp. 149–162. With comments by Genoveva Marti, Pierre Jacob, Josep Macia, and Maite Ezcurdia, pp. 163–192, and "Reply to Commentators," pp. 193–196.
  • "On Higher Order Logic and Natural Language." T.J. Smiley (ed.), Proceedings of the British Academy 95: Philosophical Logic. Published for The British Academy by Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1998. pp. 1–27. Reprinted in T.R. Baldwin and T.J. Smiley (eds.), Studies in the Philosophy of Logic and Knowledge, Oxford, 2004, pp. 249–275.
  • "On Knowing One's Own Language" (a critical discussion of Barry Smith's article with the same title). Crispin Wright, Barry Smith, and Cynthia MacDonald (eds.), Knowing Our Own Minds: Essays on Self-Knowledge. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. pp. 429–441.
  • "Visions and Revisions: A Critical Notice of Noam Chomsky, The Minimalist Program." Mind and Language 13, 2 (1998). pp. 215–224.
  • "A Plea for Implicit Anaphora." Hans Bennis, Pierre Pica, and Johann Rooryck (eds.), Atomism and Binding. Amsterdam: Foris, 1997. pp. 183–203.
  • "Adverbs." Commissioned entry for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. London: Routledge, 1997.
  • "Reflections on Semantics in Generative Grammar." Lingua 100, 1-4 (1997). pp. 101–109.
  • "The Stage-Level/Individual-Level Distinction and the Mapping Hypothesis" (with Gillian Ramchand). Presented at the Linguistics Association of Great Britain, April, 1996. Oxford Working Papers in Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics, vol. 2, March 1997. pp. 53–83.
  • "GB Theory: An Introduction." Johan van Benthem and Alice ter Meulen (eds.), Handbook of Logic and Language. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1997. pp. 311–360.
  • "Some Philosophy of Language." Lila R. Gleitman and Mark Liberman (eds.), An Invitation to Cognitive Science, volume 1: Language (2nd edition; Daniel N. Osherson, general editor). Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 1995. pp. 399–427.
  • "Fodor's Concepts." Comment on Jerry A. Fodor, "Concepts: A Potboiler." Enrique Villanueva (ed.), Content (Philosophical Issues 6). Altascadero, California: Ridgeview Publishing Company, 1995. pp. 25–37.
  • "Tensed Thoughts." Mind and Language 10, 3 (1995). pp. 226–249. Reprinted in Wolfgang Künne, Albert Newen, and Martin Anduschus (eds.), Direct Reference, Indexicality, and Propositional Attitudes. Stanford, California: CSLI Publications. pp. 21–48.
  • "The Semantics of Questions." Shalom Lappin (ed.), The Handbook of Contemporary Semantic Theory. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1995. pp. 361–383.
  • Introduction to Pier Marco Bertinetto, Valentina Bianchi, James Higginbotham, and Mario Squartini (eds.), Temporal Reference, Aspect, and Actionality. Turin: Rosenberg and Seiler, 1995.
  • "The Place of Natural Language." (Presented at the San Marino Conference on W.V. Quine's Contribution to Philosophy, May 1990.) Paolo Leonardi and Marco Santambrogio (eds.), On Quine. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995. pp. 113–139.
  • Review of Susan Steele and Stephen Schiffer (eds.), Cognition and Representation. Minds and Machines 5, 2 (1995). pp. 268–273.
  • Sense and Syntax. Inaugural Lecture, University of Oxford. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995. pp. 1–27.
  • "Classical Logical Form" (presented at SICOL 3, Korea University, Seoul, Korea, 1992). Ik-Hwan Lee (ed.), Linguistics in the Morning Calm 3. Seoul, Korea: Hanshin Publishing Company, 1995. pp. 79–91.
  • "Mass and Count Quantifiers." Linguistics and Philosophy 17, 5 (1994). pp. 447–480. Reprinted in Emmon Bach et al. (eds.), Quantification in Natural Language, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, Holland, 1995, pp. 383–419.
  • "Priorities in the Philosophy of Thought." Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume, 1994. pp. 85–106.
  • Critical Notice of Michael Dummett, Frege and Other Philosophers. Philosophical Books 35, 2 (1994). pp. 89–94.
  • Review of Andy Clark, Microcognition. The Philosophical Quarterly 44 (1994). pp. 112–115.
  • "McGinn's Logicisms." Comment on Colin McGinn, "Logic, Mind, and Mathematics." Enrique Villanueva (ed.), Philosophical Issues 4: Naturalism and Normativity. Altascadero, California: Ridgeview Publishing Company, 1993. pp. 119–127.
  • "Latter-Day Intensions." Review article on G. Chierchia, B.H. Partee and R. Turner (eds.), Properties, Types and Meaning, vol. 1: Foundational Issues and vol. 2: Semantic Issues. The Journal of Linguistics 29, 2 (1993). pp. 449–468.
  • "Grammatical Form and Logical Form." James Tomberlin (ed.), Philosophical Perspectives, vol. 7: Philosophy of Language and Logic. Altascadero, California: Ridgeview Publishing Company, 1993. pp. 173–196.
  • Review of M.J. Cresswell, Entities and Indices. The Journal of Symbolic Logic 58, 2 (1993). pp. 723–725.
  • "Interrogatives." Kenneth Hale and Samuel Jay Keyser (eds.), The View From Building 20: Essays in Linguistics in Honor of Sylvain Bromberger. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 1993. pp. 195–227. (An earlier version containing technical exposition not published elsewhere appeared as "Interrogatives I," MIT Working Papers in Linguistics XV, 1991, pp. 47–76.) Reprinted in Javier Gutièrrez-Rexach (ed.), Semantics: Critical Concepts, Routledge. Reprinted in Steven Davis and Brendan S. Gillon (eds.), Semantics: A Reader, Oxford University Press.
  • Introduction to Control and Grammar (with Richard Larson, Sabine Iatridou, and Utpal Lahiri, co-editors). Dordrecht, Holland: Kluwer, 1992. pp. vii-xix.
  • "Semantics in Linguistics: Outline for an Introduction." Golem 2, 1 (1992). Ing. C. Oliver and C. SpA, Edizione Dedalo srl-Bari, Italy. pp. 7–10.
  • "Skepticism Naturalized." Enrique Villanueva (ed.), Rationality in Epistemology. Philosophical Issues 2, Papers from the SOFIA Conference, University of Campinas, Brazil, 1990. Altascadero, California: Ridgeview Press, 1992. pp. 115–129.
  • "Interrogatives" (abstract; from a presentation at the Association for Symbolic Logic meeting, Pittsburgh, January 1991). The Journal of Symbolic Logic 57, 1 (1992). p. 359.
  • "Belief and Logical Form." Mind and Language 6, 4 (1991). pp. 344–369.
  • "Remarks on the Metaphysics of Linguistics." Linguistics and Philosophy 14, 4 (1991). pp. 555–566. Reprinted in Carlos Otero (ed.), Noam Chomsky: Critical Assessments, Routledge, London, 1994.
  • "Either/Or." NELS XXI Proceedings. GLSA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1991.
  • "Truth and Understanding." Iyyun 40 (1991). pp. 271–288. Abridged version (stemming from an APA Pacific Division Symposium, March 1991) in Philosophical Studies 65 (1992), pp. 3–16. Reprinted in Christopher Peacocke (ed.), The International Research Library of Philosophy, vol. I: Understanding and Sense, Dartmouth Publishing Company, Aldershot, Hampshire, England. Also reprinted in Mark Richard (ed.), Meaning (Blackwell Readings in Philosophy, vol. 5), Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, 2003. pp. 255–268.
  • "Penrose's Platonism." Comment on Roger Penrose, The Emperor's New Mind. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 13, 4 (1990). pp. 667–668.
  • "Searle's Vision of Psychology." Comment on John R. Searle, "Consciousness, Explanatory Inversion, and Cognitive Science." Behavioral and Brain Sciences 13, 4 (1990). pp. 608–610.
  • "Frege, Concepts, and the Design of Language." Enrique Villanueva (ed.), Information, Semantics and Epistemology. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1990. pp. 153–171.
  • "Philosophical Issues in the Study of Language." Daniel Osherson and Howard Lasnik (eds.), An Invitation to Cognitive Science, volume 1: Language. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 1990. pp. 243–257.
  • "Reference and Control." Rivista di Linguistica 1, 2 (1989). pp. 301–326. Reprinted with minor revisions in Richard Larson, Sabine Iatridou, Utpal Lahiri and James Higginbotham (eds.), Control and Grammar. Dordrecht, Holland: Kluwer. pp. 79–108.
  • "La conoscenza del riferimento." Italian translation of a revised transcript of a lecture at the Fondazione San Carlo, Modena, Italy. Quaderni della Fondazione San Carlo, Nuova serie, 3 (1989). pp. 97–110.
  • "Frege and Grammar" (abstract). Bulletin of the American Philosophical Association 63, 2, October, 1989. p. 52. Full article in S. Etemad et al. (eds.), Proceedings of the First Logic Congress, Institute for Studies in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics, Teheran, Iran, 1993. pp. 61–88.
  • "Plurals" (with Barry Schein). NELS XIX Proceedings. GLSA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1989. pp. 161–175.
  • "Elucidations of Meaning." Linguistics and Philosophy 12, 3 (1989). pp. 465–517. Abridgement reprinted in Peter Ludlow (ed.), Readings in the Philosophy of Language. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press. A Bradford book. pp. 157–178.
  • "On the Varieties of Cross-Reference." Anna Cardinaletti, Guglielmo Cinque, and Giuliana Giusti (eds.), Annali di Ca'Foscari 27, 4 (1988), Papers from the 1987 GLOW Conference. Distributed by Foris Publications, Dordrecht, Holland. pp. 123–142.
  • "Knowledge of Reference." Alexander George (ed.), Reflections on Chomsky. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1988. pp. 153–174. Reprinted in Carlos Otero (ed.), Noam Chomsky: Critical Assessments, Routledge, London, 1994.
  • "Is Semantics Necessary?" Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 87 (1988). pp. 219–241.
  • "Contexts, Models, and Meanings: A Note on the Data of Semantics." Ruth Kempson (ed.), Mental Representations: The Interface Between Language and Reality. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988. pp. 29–48.
  • "The Autonomy of Syntax and Semantics." Jay Garfield (ed.), Modularity in Knowledge Representation and Natural Language Understanding. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 1987. pp. 119–131. Reprinted in Carlos Otero (ed.), Noam Chomsky: Critical Assessments, Routledge, London, 1994.
  • "Indefiniteness and Predication." Eric Reuland and Alice ter Meulen (eds.), The Representation of (In)definiteness: Papers from the Fifth Groningen Round Table. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 1987. pp. 43–70.
  • "Peacocke on Explanation in Psychology." Mind and Language 1, 4 (1987). pp. 358–361.
  • Review of Esa Saarinen (ed.), Game-Theoretical Semantics. The Journal of Symbolic Logic 51, 1 (1986). pp. 240–243.
  • "Wasow on Scientific Linguistics" (with Morris Halle). Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 4, 2 (1986). pp. 291–294.
  • "Linguistic Theory and Davidson's Program in Semantics." Ernest LePore (ed.), Truth and Interpretation: Perspectives on the Philosophy of Donald Davidson. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1986. pp. 29–48.
  • "On Semantics." Linguistic Inquiry 16, 4 (1985). pp. 547–593. Reprinted in Ernest LePore (ed.), New Directions in Semantics. London: Academic Press, 1987. pp. 1–54.
  • "Reply to Pullum." Linguistic Inquiry 16, 2 (1985). pp. 298–304.
  • "English Is Not a Context-Free Language." Linguistic Inquiry 15, 2 (1984). Reprinted in Walter Savitch et al. (eds.), The Formal Complexity of Natural Language. Dordrecht, Holland: D. Reidel, 1987. pp. 335–348.
  • "A Note on Phrase Markers." Revue Québécoise de Linguistique 13, 1 (1983). pp. 147–166. Also in MIT Working Papers in Linguistics, vol. VI. Reprinted in Robert Freidin and Howard Lasnik (eds.), Critical Concepts in Syntax. London: Routledge.
  • "Is Grammar Psychological?" Leigh Cauman et al. (eds.), How Many Questions? Essays in Honor of Sidney Morgenbesser. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Co., 1983. pp. 170–179.
  • "Logical Form, Binding, and Nominals." Linguistic Inquiry 14, 3 (1983). pp. 395–420. (Preliminary version, "Some Remarks on Binding and Logical Form" in Cornell University Working Papers in Linguistics, 1983; Italian translation, "Leguno e Forma Logica," Rivista di Grammatica Generativa, CLESP Editrice, Padua, Italy, 1983). To be reprinted in Robert Freidin and Howard Lasnik (eds.), Critical Concepts in Syntax. London: Routledge.
  • "The Logic of Perceptual Reports: An Extensional Alternative to Situation Semantics." The Journal of Philosophy 80, 2 (1983). pp. 100–127. French translation, "La logique des comptes rendus de perception," Communications 40, Editions du Seuil, Paris, France, 1984. Reprinted in Roberto Casati and Achille Varzi (eds.), The International Research Library of Philosophy: Events, Dartmouth Publishing Company, Aldershot, Hampshire, England.
  • "Comments on Hintikka's Paper." Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 23, 3 (1982). pp. 263–271.
  • "Noam Chomsky's Linguistic Theory." Social Research 49, 1 (1982). Reprinted in Steve Torrance (ed .), The Mind and The Machine: Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence, Wiley and Sons, New York, 1984. Reprinted in Carlos Otero (ed.), Noam Chomsky: Critical Assessments, Routledge, London, 1994.
  • Review of Roger Fowler, Bob Hodge, Gunther Kress, and Tony Trew, Language and Control, and of Kress and Hodge, Language as Ideology. The Philosophical Review 91, 1 (1982). pp. 131–134.
  • "Opacity in NP" (with Robert Fiengo). Linguistic Analysis 7, 4 (1981). pp. 395–421.
  • "Questions, Quantifiers, and Crossing" (with Robert May). The Linguistic Review 1, 1 (1981). pp. 41–80. (Preliminary Version in CUNYForum: NELS IX Proceedings, 1979.) Reprinted in Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach (ed.), Semantics: Critical Concepts, Routledge.
  • "Crossing, Markedness, Pragmatics" (with Robert May). Adriana Belletti et al. (eds.), Theory of Markedness in Generative Grammar: Proceedings of the 1979 GLOW Conference. Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Pisa, Italy 1981. pp. 423–444.
  • "Pronouns and Bound Variables." Linguistic Inquiry 11, 4 (1980). pp. 679–708. (Preliminary version in CUNYForum: NELS IX Proceedings, 1979.) Reprinted in Steven Davis and Brendan Gillon (eds.), Semantics: A Reader. Oxford University Press.
  • "Reciprocal Interpretation." Journal of Linguistic Research 1, 3 (1980). pp. 97–117.
  • Review Article, Barbara H. Partee (ed.), Montague Grammar. The Journal of Philosophy 77, 5 (1980). pp. 278–312.
  • "Anaphora and GB: Some Preliminary Remarks." Cahiers Linguistiques d'Ottawa 9: NELS X Proceedings (1980). pp. 223–236.
  • "Bechtel on the Possibility of Propositions" (abstract). The Journal of Philosophy 75, 11 (1978). pp. 661–664.
  • "Wallace on Desire and Rationality." The Journal of Philosophy 72, 11 (1975). pp. 307–313.
  • Review of Robert L. Martin (ed.), The Paradox of the Liar. The Journal of Philosophy 69, 13 (1972). pp. 398–401.

Teaching activities[edit]

James Higginbotham, like Sir Peter Strawson, had a reputation in Oxford as a very strict teacher. Noam Chomsky, speaking about James Higginbotham, used to say that he was a very constructive teacher.


Capone, Alessandro. 2001. Review of Higginbotham, J., Pianesi, F. Varzi, A, a cura di ‘Speaking of Events’, “Linguistics”, 39/ 6, 1179-1192.

A very positive review of Higginbotham (2009) is forthcoming in the Australian Journal of Linguistics:

"This book is tough reading, but it is very worth-while studying, as it provides all required formalism and theoretical apparatus for events semantics and provides adequate and genial solutions to well-known problems. This is a book by an author who deserves a place together with scholars like Chomsky, Davidson, Shoemaker, Parsons, and few others".

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