Dr Gary Kemp

  • Senior Lecturer (Philosophy)

telephone: 01413302000ext0942
email: Gary.Kemp@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

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).


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Kemp, G. (2017) Wittgenstein and the inner character of musical experience. In: Hagberg, G.L. (ed.) Wittgenstein on Aesthetic Understanding. Series: Philosophers in depth. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9783319409092 (In Press)

Kemp, G. (2017) Is everything a set? Quine and (Hyper)Pythagoreanism. Monist, (In Press)

Kemp, G. (2017) Let the ideas fall where they may: Quine, publicity, and pre-established harmony. ProtoSociology, (In Press)

Kemp, G. (2017) Quine Peregrinating. In: Koren, L. (ed.) Why Rules Matter. Routledge. (In Press)

Kemp, G. (2017) Quine: Underdetermination and naturalistic metaphysics. Philosophical Topics, 43(1/2), (In Press)

Kemp, G., and Lugg, A. (2017) Quine on ontology: Chapter seven of Word and Object. In: Janssen, F. (ed.) Quine on Ontology and Structure. Oxford University Press. (In Press)


Kemp, G. and Mras, G. M., (Eds.) (2016) Wollheim, Wittgenstein, and Pictorial Representation: Seeing-as and Seeing-in. Routledge. ISBN 9781138123465

Kemp, G. (2016) A measure of Kant seen in Wollheim. In: Kemp, G. and Mras, G. M. (eds.) Wollheim, Wittgenstein, and Pictorial Representation: Seeing-as and Seeing-in. Routledge, pp. 183-204. ISBN 9781138123465

Kemp, G., and Mras, G. M. (2016) Introduction. In: Kemp, G. and Mras, G. M. (eds.) Wollheim, Wittgenstein, and Pictorial Representation: Seeing-as and Seeing-in. Routledge, xiii-xv. ISBN 9781138123465

Kemp, G. (2016) Science versus the Humanities: Hyman on Wollhein on Depiction. Journal of Aesthetic Education, 50(2), pp. 1-7. (doi:10.5406/jaesteduc.50.2.0001)

Harrison, V.S., Bergqvist, A. and Kemp, G., (Eds.) (2016) Philosophy and Museums: Ethics, Aesthetics and Ontology. Series: Royal Institute of Philosophy supplement. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK. (In Press)


Janssen-Lauret, F., Weir, A. and Kemp, G., (Eds.) (2015) Quine and His Place in History. Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN 9781137472502

Kemp, G. (2015) Introduction. In: Janssen-Lauret, F., Weir, A. and Kemp, G. (eds.) Quine and His Place in History. Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 1-7. ISBN 9781137472502

Kemp, G. (2015) Underdetermination, realism, and transcendental metaphysics in Quine. In: Janssen-Lauret, F., Weir, A. and Kemp, G. (eds.) Quine and His Place in History. Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 169-188. ISBN 9781137472502


Kemp, G. (2014) Did Wittgenstein have a theory of colour? In: Gierlinger, F. A. and Riegelnik, Š. (eds.) Wittgenstein on Colour. Series: Publications of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society – new series (21). De Gruyter: Berlin, pp. 57-66. ISBN 9783110351118

Kemp, G. (2014) Hyperintensional truth conditions (reply to Ian Rumfitt). Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume, 88(1), pp. 57-68. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-8349.2014.00232.x)

Kemp, G. (2014) Quine’s criticisms of semantics. In: Stalmaszczyk, P. (ed.) Philosophy of Language and Linguistics: The Legacy of Frege, Russell, and Wittgenstein. Series: Philosophische Analyse / Philosophical analysis (53). De Gruyter (Ontos): Berlin, pp. 139-160. ISBN 9783110342581

Kemp, G. (2014) Quine's relationship with analytic philosophy. In: Harman, G. and Lepore, E. (eds.) Blackwell Companion to Quine. Blackwell: Oxford, pp. 69-88. ISBN 9780470672105 (doi:10.1002/9781118607992.ch4)

Kemp, G. (2014) Pushing Wittgenstein and Quine closer together. Journal for the History of Analytic Philosophy, 2(10),

Kemp, G. (2014) Review of The Themes of Quine’s Philosophy: Meaning, Reference, and Knowledge, by Edward Becker. Mind, 122(488), pp. 1061-1065. (doi:10.1093/mind/fzu002) [Book Review]


Kemp, G. (2013) Review of Hawthorne and Manley: The Reference Book. Philosophical Quarterly, 63(253), pp. 827-830. (doi:10.1111/1467-9213.12052) [Book Review]

Kemp, G. (2013) What Is This Thing Called Philosophy of Language? Routledge: London, UK. ISBN 9780415517843


Kemp, G. (2012) Art as Expression: Croce and Collingwood. In: Giovanelli, A. (ed.) Aesthetics, The Key Thinkers. Continuum: London, UK. ISBN 9781441187772

Kemp, G. (2012) Quine. In: Lee, B. (ed.) Philosophy of Language: The Key Thinkers. Continuum, pp. 138-158. ISBN 9781441178862

Kemp, G. (2012) Quine versus Davidson on Truth, Reference and Meaning. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199695621 (doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695621.001.0001)

Kemp, G. (2012) W.V.O. Quine. In: Pritchard, D. (ed.) Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy. Oxford University Press: New York, NY, USA. ISBN 9780195396577


Kemp, G. (2011) The unity of the proposition in the later Wittgenstein. Conceptus, 97, pp. 7-28.


Kemp, G. (2010) 'Quine' by Peter Hylton. Mind, 119(475), pp. 794-798. [Book Review]

Kemp, G. (2010) Quine: the challenge of naturalism. European Journal of Philosophy, 18(2), pp. 283-295. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-0378.2010.00415.x)

Bowell, T., and Kemp, G. (2010) Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide. Routledge. ISBN 9780415471824


Kemp, G. (2009) 'Confessions of a Confirmed Extensionalist and Other Essays'; and 'Quine in Dialogue' by W.V. Quine. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, [Book Review]

Belshaw, C. and Kemp, G., (Eds.) (2009) 12 Modern Philosophers. Wiley-Blackwell: Malden, USA. ISBN 9781405152617

Kemp, G. (2009) Collingwood's aesthetics. In: Zalta, E.N. (ed.) Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Stanford University.

Kemp, G. (2009) Croce's aesthetics. In: Zalta, E.N. (ed.) Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Stanford University.


Kemp, G. (2007) Beauty and language. British Journal of Aesthetics, 47(3), pp. 258-267. (doi:10.1093/aesthj/aym006)

Kemp, G. (2007) Proust on art and the value of living (on Joshua Landy's Philosophy as Fiction). European Journal of Philosophy, 15(2), pp. 270-282. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-0378.2007.00261.x)

Kemp, G. (2007) Assertion as a practice. In: Greimann, D. and Siegwart, G. (eds.) Truth and Speech Acts: Studies in the Philosophy of Language. Routledge, pp. 106-129. ISBN 9780415406512


Kemp, G. (2006) Quine: a guide for the perplexed. Series: Guides for the perplexed series. Continuum: London. ISBN 9780826484864

Kemp, G. (2006) W.V. Quine: word and object. In: Shand, J. (ed.) Central Works of Philosophy. Vol. 5. The Twentieth Century: Quine And After. Acumen Publishing Ltd., pp. 15-39. ISBN 9781844650200


Kemp, G. (2005) Caesar from Frege's perspective. Dialectica, 59(2), pp. 179-199. (doi:10.1111/j.1746-8361.2005.01026.x)

Kemp, G. (2005) Disquotationalism and expressiveness. Journal of Philosophical Logic, 34(3), pp. 327-332. (doi:10.1007/s10992-005-1529-4)

Kemp, G. (2005) 'Quine and Davidson on Language, Thought and Reality' by Hans-Johann Glock. Mind, 114(453), [Book Review]

Bowell, T., and Kemp, G. (2005) Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide. Routledge. ISBN 9780415343121

Kemp, G. (2005) Frege's sharpness requirement. In: Beaney, M. and Reck, E.H. (eds.) Frege's Philosophy of Thought and Language. Series: Routledge critical assessments of leading philosophers. Routledge: London, UK, pp. 160-169. ISBN 9780415306058

Kemp, G. (2005) 'Philosophy as Fiction: Self, Deception and Knowledge in Proust' by Joshua Landy. Philosophy and Literature, 29(2), pp. 498-500. (doi:10.1353/phl.2005.0026) [Book Review]


Kemp, G. (2003) Autonomy and privacy in Wittgenstein and Beckett. Philosophy and Literature, 27(1), pp. 164-187.

Kemp, G. (2003) The Croce-Collingwood Theory as Theory. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 61(2), pp. 149-157. (doi:10.1111/1540-6245.00104)


Kemp, G. (2002) 'The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics' edited by Dominic Lopes and Berys Gaut. British Journal of Aesthetics, 42(3), pp. 323-327. [Book Review]

Kemp, G. (2002) 'Philosophies of Art and Beauty' by Hugh Bredin and Liberato Santoro-Brienza. British Journal of Aesthetics, 42(1), pp. 95-97. [Book Review]

Kemp, G. (2002) Reply to Heck on meaning and truth-conditions. Philosophical Quarterly, 52(207), pp. 233-236. (doi:10.1111/1467-9213.00265)


Kemp, G. (2001) 'Realistic Rationalism' by Jerrold Katz. Mind, 110(438), pp. 488-491. (doi:10.1093/mind/110.438.488) [Book Review]

Bowell, T., and Kemp, G. (2001) Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide. Routledge. ISBN 0415240166

Kemp, G. (2001) Samesaying, propositions, and radical interpretation. Ratio, 14(2), pp. 131-152. (doi:10.1111/1467-9329.00151)


Kemp, G. (2000) The interpretation of crossworld predication. Philosophical Studies, 98(3), pp. 305-320. (doi:10.1023/A:1018640629467)

Kemp, G. (2000) 'The Domain of Images' by James Elkins. British Journal of Aesthetics, 40(3), pp. 400-402. [Book Review]


Kemp, G. (1999) The aesthetic attitude. British Journal of Aesthetics, 39(4), pp. 392-399. (doi:10.1093/bjaesthetics/39.4.392)

Kemp, G. (1999) 'A Philosophy of Mass Art' by Noel Carroll. British Journal of Aesthetics, 39(3), pp. 300-303. [Book Review]

Kemp, G. (1999) Critical notice of Alan Richardson, 'Carnap's construction of the world: the Aufbau and the emergence of logical empiricism'. Philosophical Books, 40(2), pp. 89-98. (doi:10.1111/1468-0149.00140)

Kemp, G. (1999) Frege: assertion, truth and meaning. In: Peregrin, J. (ed.) Truth and its Nature (If Any). Series: Synthese library (284). Kluwer Academic: Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 1-14. ISBN 9780792358657


Kemp, G. (1998) Meaning and truth-conditions. Philosophical Quarterly, 48(193), pp. 483-493. (doi:10.1111/1467-9213.00116)

Kemp, G. (1998) Propositions and reasoning in Russell and Frege. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 79(3), pp. 218-235. (doi:10.1111/1468-0114.00059)


Kemp, G. (1996) Frege's sharpness requirement. Philosophical Quarterly, 46(183), pp. 168-184.


Kemp, G. (1995) 'Origins of Analytical Philosophy' by Michael Dummett. Journal of the History of Philosophy, 33(4), p. 699. [Book Review]

Kemp, G. (1995) Truth in Frege's 'law of truth'. Synthese, 105(1), pp. 31-51. (doi:10.1007/BF01064102)

Kemp, G. (1995) Salmon on Fregean approaches to the paradox of analysis. Philosophical Studies, 78(2), pp. 153-162. (doi:10.1007/BF00989679)

Kemp, G. (1995) The status of expressive content. British Journal of Aesthetics, 35(2), pp. 121-133. (doi:10.1093/bjaesthetics/35.2.121)


Kemp, G. (1992) Davidson, Quine and our knowledge of the external world. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 73(1), pp. 44-62.


Kemp, G. (1991) Metaphor and aspect-perception. Analysis, 51(2), pp. 84-90.


Kemp, G. (1990) Pictures and depictions: a consideration of Peacocke's views. British Journal of Aesthetics, 30(4), pp. 332-341. (doi:10.1093/bjaesthetics/30.4.332)

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