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Dr Ryan Nefdt

BA(Hons) UCT MSocSc UCT MSc Amsterdam PhD St Andrews


Areas of interest: Philosophy of Language, Epistemology, Linguistics, Logic, Cognitive Science, African Philosophy

Current courses:
PHI3024S: Metaphysics and Epistemology (with Dr Jack Ritchie)
PHI4015S / PHI5010S: Topics in Theoretical Philosophy 

Office: 3.07, Neville Alexander Building


Recent Publications: 

- Nefdt, R.M. 2019. The Ontology of Words: A Structural Approach. Inquiry (online first) 

- Nefdt, R.M. 2019. Infinity and the Foundations of Linguistics. Synthese, Special issue on infinite idealizations in science, Vol 196, Issue 5, pp 1671–1711  

- Nefdt, R.M. 2019. Why Philosophers Should Do Semantics (and a bit of syntax too): A reply to Cappelen. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, Vol 10, No.1: 243–256

- Nefdt, R.M. 2019. Linguistics as a Science of Structure. In Form and Formalism in Linguistics, McElvenny, J (ed.), pg 175-196. Berlin: Language Science Press.                                 

- Nefdt, R.M. 2018. Inferentialism and Structuralism: A Tale of Two Theories. Logique et Analyse, Vol. 61, No. 244: 489-512                 

- Nefdt, R.M. 2018. Languages and Other Abstract Structures. In Essays on Linguistic Realism, Behme, C and Neef, M (eds.) pg 139-184. John Benjamins Publishing, Amsterdam.           

- Nefdt, R.M. 2016. Scientific Modelling in Generative Grammar and the Dynamic Turn in Syntax. Linguistics and Philosophy, Vol. 39(5): 357-394                                                     

- Nefdt, R.M. 2016. Linguistic Modelling and the Scientific Enterprise. Language Sciences, Vol. 54: 43-57