Katherine Ritchie  |  Assistant Professor of Philosophy, City College of New York, CUNY

I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at City College of New York, CUNY. I completed my PhD in Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. My dissertation (written under the supervision of Josh Dever and Mark Sainsbury) examined the extent to which semantics can serve as a guide to metaphysics. I argue, using plurals and collective nouns as case studies, that semantics can fail to deliver determinate ontological commitments carried by natural language theories.

I still work primarily in philosophy of language and ontology. My current research is focused on the nature of social groups (teams, committees, races, genders), the semantics of terms that pick out social groups (plurals, collective nouns, slurs), and interface between semantics and ontology. For more information on my research, please click here.

Starting in Fall 2017 I'll be the director of the SWIP-Analytic, a branch of the New York Society for Women in Philosophy dedicated to providing a forum for women in the New York area working in language, mind, metaphysics, logic, ethics, epistemology, and philosophy of science. If you're in the area, come to our talks and events!

I have a good dog. One time I was on TV.