I am a lecturer at 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 Berlin in October 2017. Before that, I was 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 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.


PAPER My Paper Presupposing Counterfactuality has been accepted for publication in Semantics and Pragmatics.
PAPER Alexander's and my paper Much at Stake in Knowledge has been accepted for publication in Mind & Language.


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