Daniel Hoek

Daniel Hoek, Assistant Professor

Daniel Hoek, Assistant Professor
Daniel Hoek, Assistant Professor

Department of Philosophy
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
609-258-4296 | dhoek@princeton.edu 

My research is in philosophy of language, epistemology, philosophy of maths, decision theory and a branch of linguistics called formal pragmatics.

I have developed a theory of conversational exculpature, a pragmatic process that accounts for a range of linguistic phenomena, including loose talk and some metaphors. Intuitively, conversational exculpature pragmatically subtracts some information from what the speaker literally says. This makes it the opposite of conversational implicature, which pragmatically adds information to what is literally said (non-technical summary).

My other core research project is on inquisitive decision theory, an account of belief-guided action that emphasises the centrality of questions in decision-making. This theory is better able than decision theories standardly used in economics and psychology to account for behaviour that is less than ideally rational.

In addition, I am writing a paper about the connection between chance and the continuum hypothesis.

Together with Sam Berstler, I am organising an interdisciplinary conference at Princeton, Revisiting the Common Ground, which will take place on April 25-26.

I am curently a postdoc in the philosophy department at Princeton. Beginning in the Fall of 2020, I will be an Assistant Professor in philosophy at Virginia Tech. Before my postdoc, I did my PhD at NYU under Cian Dorr. I also visit the Institut Jean Nicod in Paris from time to time.

I’m proud to have a small part in organising the incomparable New York Philosophy of Language Workshop. I also designed the NYU Philosophy t-shirt. When it’s rainy out or I can’t sleep, I enjoy trying my hand at translating Dutch children’s poetry into English.

  • Philosophy of Language
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Mathematics
  • Decision Theory
  • Formal Pragmatics
  • Ph.D. New York University, M.MathPhil University of Oxford