Jennifer Saul

MA, PhD Princeton; BA Rochester

Department of Philosophy

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j.saul@sheffield.ac.uk

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Jennifer Saul
Department of Philosophy
45 Victoria Street
Sheffield
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Jenny's primary interests are in Philosophy of Language, Feminism, Philosophy of Race, and Philosophy of Psychology.  She is currently working on racism in political speech, a topic which has kept her extremely busy recently.  (In addition to academic papers (which can be found at her academia.edu page, she has written many articles on this topic for a broader audience.)

Research interests

Jenny's most recent book was Lying, Misleading and What is Said: An Exploration in Philosophy of Language and in Ethics (Oxford University Press 2012). This argues that considering the distinction between lying and misleading-- which seems to many an ethically significant one-- can help to shed new light on methodological disputes in philosophy of language over notions like what is said, semantic content, assertion, impliciture, and expliciture. She also argues that careful attention to the way that communication works can shed new light on the ethical issues. (And she considers some fascinating real-world cases, feeding her lifelong obsession with political scandals but also branching out into such excellent topics as the Jesuit doctrine of Mental Reservation.)

With Helen Beebee, she published a report for the British Philosophical Association and SWIP UK entitled "Women in Philosophy in the UK: A Report". This report presents the first ever study of the gender imbalance in UK philosophy and provides a list of recommendations to combat it.  Also with Helen Beebee, she authored guidelines for good practice on gender issues in philosophy-- these can be found at the BPA website, as the BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme.

Publications

Books

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Saul JM (2018) Dogwhistles, Political Manipulation, and Philosophy of Language In Fogal D, Harris DW & Moss M (Ed.), New Work on Speech Acts RIS download Bibtex download
  • Saul JM (2012) Politically Significant Terms and Philosophy of Language: Methodological Issues, Out from the Shadows: Analytical Feminist Contributions to Traditional Philosophy RIS download Bibtex download
  • Saul JM (2010) Conversational Implicature, Speaker Meaning, and Calculability, Meaning and Analysis: New Essays on H. Paul Grice Palgrave RIS download Bibtex download
  • () The Routledge Handbook of Epistemic Injustice Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Saul JM () Politically Significant Terms and Philosophy of Language: Methodological Issues In Superson A (Ed.), Out of the Shadows: Analytic Feminist Contributions to Traditional Philosophy RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Jenny has supervised PhD students working on names, indexicals,implicature, gender, sexual objectification, vagueness, indexicals, reference, justice, cosmopolitanism and feminism, epistemic/communicative injustice, semantic minimalism, lying, feminist philosophy of science, the family, philosophy of sex, and autonomy. Here are some of the students Jenny has supervised:

  • Albert Atkin
  • Laura Beeby
  • Jules Holroyd
  • Katharine Jenkins
  • Dominique Kuenzle
  • Neri Marsili
  • Natasha McKeever
  • Mari Mikkola
  • Lina Papadaki
  • Ashley Pennington
  • Angie Pepper
  • Steve de Wijze
Professional activities

Jenny was Director of the (2011-2013) Leverhulme-funded Implicit Bias and Philosophy Project (link at the right).  She has published two co-edited volumes on implicit bias with Michael Brownstein. and she continues to lecture widely on this topic to a range of audiences.  She is especially interested in helping academic institutions find methods to combat both implicit and explicit biases, and she frequently advises on this topic.

Jenny is Director of the Society for Women in Philosophy UK, Chair of the Analysis Committee, and Co-Chair of the British Philosophical Association's Women in Philosophy Committee.  She is on the Editorial Board for Symposia in Gender, Race, and Philosophy, and on the Analysis Committee.

Jenny is honoured to have received the 2011 Distinguished Woman Philosopher Award in Washington, DC; and to have been chosen as Mind Association President for 2019-20.  But her proudest accomplishment is nonetheless having been a consultant on a zombie movie script.

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