I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hamburg. 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 doctoral thesis entitled “Tasty Contextualism” (2015) I investigated the phenomenon of faultless disagreement. I argued 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.

Before I took up my position in Hamburg at the Emmy Noether Group Ontology after Quine, 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.

News

TALK I will give a talk entitled Anderson Conditionals, April 28, 2017 in Konstanz.
TALK I will give a talk entitled Varieties of Biscuit Conditionals at the New York Philosophy of Language Workshop, March 20, 2017 at NYU.
COMMENT I will give a comment on Janice Dowell's talk at the workshop Perspectival Expressions: Empirical Approaches in March 2017 at NYU.
WORKSHOP I'm organizing a workshop entitled What Contexts Can and Cannot Do in the context of the network The Semantics and Metasemantics of Context-Sensitive Language April 7 and 8, 2017, at the University of Hamburg. Confirmed speakers are Claudia Bianchi, Jeff King, Craige Roberts, and Andreas Stokke.
WORKSHOP I'm organizing a workshop entitled Figurative and Fictional Speech in the context of the project Ontology after Quine September 22 and 23, 2017, at the University of Hamburg. Confirmed speakers are Anne Bezuidenhout, Elisabeth Camp, Anthony Everett, Manolo Garcia-Carpintero, and Francois Recanati.

Contact

Julia Zakkou
Universität Hamburg
Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften
Theoretische Philosophie
Von-Melle-Park 6
20146 Hamburg
Germany