I am a postdoctoral researcher at Universität Hamburg and Freie Universität Berlin. My main research interests are in philosophy of language, in particular the debate on relativism and contextualism, indexicality and context sensitivity, implicatures and presuppositions and the semantic-pragmatic divide in general. In my book "Faultless Disagreement. A Defense of Contextualism in the Realm of Personal Taste" (based on my dissertation "Tasty Contextualism" from 2015) I investigate the phenomenon of faultless disagreement. I argue that a pragmatically enriched version of a rather standard form of contextualism can easily account for faultless disagreements and, hence, that the phenomenon of faultless disagreement fails to motivate relativism. At the moment, I am particularly interested in tests for various kinds of indirect communication. I also have interests in metaphysics and epistemology, especially the semantics and pragmatics of number terms and the workings of knowledge ascriptions.

I took up my position in Hamburg in October 2014 and started my job in Berlin in October 2017. Before all that, I was a researcher at the Humboldt University of Berlin. I've also spent some time at various research centres around Europe, including LOGOS in Barcelona, Arché in St Andrews, NIP in Aberdeen and the Institut Jean Nicod in Paris.

I am also one of the organizers of the SPB, a reading group on philosophy of language in Berlin, a coordinator of the newly founded network on the The Semantics and Metasemantics of Context-Sensitive Language and a (co-)organizer of the following workshops. Together with Alexander Dinges, I run a little website, where we list work in experimental philosophy on the relativism-contextualism debate.

News

PAPER My paper The Cancellability Test for Conversational Implicatures has been accepted for publication in Philosophy Compass.
GIG I'll be visiting Vienna as a visiting professor of the department of philosophy in the spring 2018. :)
WEB Alexander Dinges and I created this little website on x-phi on relativism/contextualism

Contact

Julia Zakkou
Freie Universität Berlin
Fakultät für Philosophie und Geisteswissenschaften
Institut für Philosophie
Habelschwerdter Allee 30
14195 Berlin
Germany