I am an Assistant Professor (Juniorprofessorin) at Bielefeld University. 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 Bielefeld in October 2020. Before that, I was a lecturer at Freie Universität Berlin, a postdoctoral researcher at Universität Hamburg and a doctoral researcher at Humboldt University of Berlin. I've also spent some time at various other universities around Europe, including LOGOS in Barcelona, Arché in St Andrews, NIP in Aberdeen, the Institut Jean Nicod in Paris, and Universität Wien.

I am a Fellow of the Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities Human Abilities and a member of the InFraMinds Project on the Insincerity for Fragmented Minds. I am also one of the organizers of the SPB, a reading group on philosophy of language in Berlin, a coordinator of the network on the The Semantics and Metasemantics of Context-Sensitive Language and a (co-)organizer of the following workshops.

News

PAPER Annina's and my paper Agentive Duality Reconsidered has been accepted for publication in Philosophical Studies.
JOB I'll spend the summer term of 2022 at the University of Cologne filling in for Thomas Grundmann as "Vertretungsprofessorin".
PAPER My paper Conventional Evaluativity has been accepted for publication in Australasian Journal of Philosophy
HUMBOLDT HOST Nat Hansen is spending the summers of 2021-2023 in Berlin on a Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers working with me.
TALK I'll give a talk entitled 'Counterfactuality and Factuality' at the Cologne Center of Language Sciences on July, 4.
TALK I'll give a talk entitled 'Taste, Traits, and Tendencies' at the workshop Perspectival Plurality in Warsaw in May.
PAPER My paper Variations on Anderson Conditionals is out now.
PAPER Alexander's and my paper A Direction Effect on Taste Predicates is out now.
PAPER Alexander's and my paper Much at Stake in Knowledge is out now.

Contact

Julia Zakkou
Universität Bielefeld
Fakultät für Geschichtswissenschaft, Philosophie und Theologie
Abteilung Philosophie
Room X-A4-104
33501 Bielefeld
Germany