- Senior Lecturer (Philosophy)
Gary Kemp is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy; he gained a PhD at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he was supervised by Peter Hylton and Nathan Salmon.
His areas of expertise are the philosophy of language, the history of analytic philosophy, and aesthetics (or philosophy of art), with special interests in Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, Quine, Davidson, and Wollheim.
He recently completed a monograph on Quine and Davidson, Quine versus Davidson: Truth, Reference and Meaning, which argues that the two philosophies are fundamentally incompatible, and in favour of Quine's naturalism (despite its standing opposed to almost all orthodox philosophy of language). He has also just finished editing, with Frederique Janssen-Lauret, the collection Quine and His Place in History, and with Professor Gabriel Mras of Vienna, the collection Wollheim, Wittgenstein, and Pictorial Representation: Seeing-as and Seeing-in.
His latest projects include a book on Wollheim's theory of artistic expression, and further writings on Quine's naturalism and his ontology.
He is prepared to supervise PhD theses on most of the analytic philosophy of language (especially on the propositional attitudes, ontology, its methodology, its history from Frege onward), and most areas in aesthetics (especially expression, representation, and theories of art).