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Dr Salvador Mascarenhas

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
St Catherine’s College

St Catherine’s College
Manor Road; Oxford; OX1 3UJ


I am a Junior Research Fellow in Philosophy with St Catherine's College and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Laboratory for the Philosophy and Psychology of Rationality and Decision (LPPRD). I got my PhD at New York University's Department of Linguistics in 2014, where I wrote a dissertation on the relationship between human reasoning, natural language semantics, and the philosophy of language.


Research in linguistic semantics and the philosophy of language in the past forty years has produced sophisticated mathematical models that represent the meanings of natural language utterances and explain how meanings relate to one another to form entailment patterns. At the same time, research on human reasoning within psychology has discovered a wealth of fallacious inference patterns, establishing that human reasoning is fallible in highly predictable ways. The two fields overlap significantly, but they have progressed almost completely in parallel, with little interaction. The main aim of my research is to fill that gap by extending linguistic semantics to the study of human reasoning.

Please visit my website for more information on my research and links to preprints of publications.


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