We investigate self-ascriptions of psychological states, such as “I wish that the sun were shining,” “I believe that it is raining,” and “I am in pain,” and claim that they are expressions, rather than descriptions, of our own mental states. Our main aim is to develop a systematic theory of psychological expressivism. Yet psychological expressivism is also of great significance beyond the confines of the philosophy of language. We explore consequences for epistemology (transparency of belief, self-knowledge), for the philosophy of mind and self (dualism, two uses of “I”), and for the history of philosophy (Descartes’ Cogito and Kant’s “I think”).


Next Events


Workshop: Varieties of Philosophical Expressivism

May 14-16, 2020 University of Mannheim

Confirmed Speakers: 

Stephen Barker
Matthew Chrisman
Stephen Finlay
Vera Flocke
Luca Incurvati
Teresa Marques
Benjamin Schnieder
Mark Schroeder
Michael Scott
Jack Woods

More information will follow soon. 



Past Events


Mini workshop with Dorit Bar-On 

September 30 – October 01, 2019
University of Mannheim

On October 01 Dorit Bar-On will also give a public talk entitled “Expression, Communication, and Origins of Meaning: A Philosophical Perspective”.  




Workshop: Perspectives on First-Person Thought
May 16-18, 2019 at the University of Mannheim

Workshop programme