Edward Schwartz


CL 1009D



I graduated from Berkeley in 2017 with a Philosophy BA and a minor in Logic. My interests are in philosophy of language, epistemology, and metaphysics. I’m interested both in the meanings of natural language modals and in the nature of modality; sometimes these two interests overlap in unexpected ways. Here are some of the questions I’ve been thinking about lately:

-What do modal auxiliaries like “must”, “may”, “ought to”, “should”, “can”, and “may” mean? 

-How are the different “flavors” of modality related to each other? 

-How are semantics and metaphysics related to each other? In particular, how can one separate the semantic aspects of a question from the metaphysical aspects? 

-Do we have beliefs that aren’t about features of the world, and, if so, how should we represent them? How are they expressed in language?

-What do we know when we know logic?