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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 | 

My research is in the philosophy of language and mathematics, and I have written about loose talk, questions, choices, probability and infinity. Before coming to Virginia Tech, I was a Louis Skolnick postdoc at Princeton, and did my PhD at NYU under Cian Dorr. I am a regular visitor of the Institut Jean Nicod in Paris.

I am interested in conversational exculpature, a pragmatic process by which information is subtracted from what we literally say. This can account for a range of linguistic phenomena, including loose talk and some metaphors. My other big research project is on inquisitive decision theory, an account of belief-guided action that emphasises the centrality of questions in decision-making.

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