Tyrus Fisher

I earned my PhD in philosophy in 2019 at the University of California, Davis. Most of my work is in philosophy of language, philosophy of logic, and linguistic semantics. My dissertation is on conditionals. I am a member of the Griesemer/Millstein Philosophy of Biology Lab, the Davis Group in Ethics and Related Subjects (DaGERS), and a founding member of the Davis Language, Logic, Epistemology, Metaphysics, and Math workshop group (LLEMMa).

In broad terms, my research is unified by a desire to understand whether and how (if at all) facts about the languages we use should impact what we believe about the world. In the philosophy of language, this motivates my research into the meanings and logics of the conditionals we use when we reason. In the history of the philosophy of science, this motivates my work on Quine's views about meaning and language and how those views shaped his views in the philosophy of science.

In my teaching, I particularly enjoy introducing people to philosophical problems of the sort that first brought me to philosophy. Ethics, philosophy of science, and philosophy of language are among my favorite areas of philosophy to teach, and to chat about.