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Heidi Savage

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Welles 105B

Personal Website: Heidi Savage

Dr. Heidi Savage works mainly on philosophy of language, but also has interests in personal identity, logic, feminism, and epistemic rationality, and metaphysics generally. Savage believes that philosophy is the most revolutionary of disciplines, since within philosophy, any and all questions are tolerated and are open for exploration. 

Curriculum Vitae


  • 2008, PhD, University of Maryland

  • 2001 MA Philosophy, Dalhousie University

  • 2000 BA Combined Honours Philosophy and Sociology, Dalhousie University

Recent Publications

  • 2011 "Proper Names and Their Fictional Uses." Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 89(4): 707-726.

  • 2015 Review of Brian Hedden’s Reasons without Persons: Rationality, Identity, and Time, Oxford. Forthcoming in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.

  • 2017. "Not Just Another Philosophy of Language Book." Review of Sourcebook in the History of Philosophy of Language. Eds. Margaret Cameron, Benjamin Hill, and Robert J. Stainton. Springer, 2017. Metascience.

  • 2019 forthcoming. The Meaning of Language, 2nd edition. MIT Press. Heidi Savage, Melissa Ebbers, and Robert M. Martin.

  • 2020 forthcoming. "The Truth and Nothing But the Truth: Non-literalism and The Habits of Sherlock Holmes." Southwest Philosophy Review

Recent Invited Presentations

  • 2016 Invited talk, TBA, University of Waikato, Waikato, New Zealand

  • 2016 Invited talk, “The Social and Political Implications of Theories of Personhood,” Pepperdine University, Malibu, California

  • 2016, Invited Workshop, “Personal Identity,” UC-Riverside, Riverside, California

  • 2018 - "The Metaphysics and Politics of Personhood." Presented at the International Social Ontology Conference at Tufts University.

Recent Conference Presentations

  • 2016 "Names Are Not Predicates," Australian Association of Philosophy, Melbourne, Australia

  • 2016 “Names Are Not Predicates,” Pacific Division, American Philosophical Association, San Francisco, California

  • 2016 Commentary on "Reflection and Responsibility for the Self," Central Division, American Philosophical Association, Chicago, Illinois

  • 2017 Commentary on "Derogatives: Beyond Insults and Slurs," Creighton Club, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY