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Jason Stanley

Jason Stanley (born October 12, 1969) is an American philosopher teaching at Yale University in New Haven, CT. He is best known for his contributions to philosophy of language and epistemology, which often draw upon and have influence in other fields including linguistics and cognitive science. He has also written for a popular audience at the New York Times philosophy blog "The Stone." In his more recent work, he has brought tools from philosophy of language and epistemology to bear on questions of political philosophy, especially in his book How Propaganda Works, which grew out of some blog essays at "The Stone."


Stanley graduated from Corcoran High School in his hometown of Syracuse, New York. He studied in Lünen, Germany from 1985 to 1986 as part of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, after which he enrolled in the State University of New York in Binghamton, NY, where he studied philosophy of language under Jack Kaminsky. In 1987 he transferred to Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, but returned to the State University of New York in 1988, this time at the Stony Brook campus. There, he studied philosophy and linguistics under Peter Ludlow and Richard Larson. He received his BA in May 1990, and went on to receive his PhD from MIT in January 1995 with Robert Stalnaker as his thesis advisor.

Academic career

After receiving his doctorate, Stanley accepted a position at University College, Oxford as a stipendiary lecturer. He returned from England shortly thereafter to New York to teach at Cornell University. In 2000, he left Cornell and became an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 2004, he moved to the department of philosophy at Rutgers University, where he taught from 2004 to 2013. In March 2013 he accepted a professorship at Yale University. His book Knowledge and Practical Interests won the 2007 American Philosophical Association book prize.[1]. He has supervised many doctoral dissertations, and his former students now teach at Cornell University and University of California, Los Angeles, among other places.


  • Language in Context: Selected Essays (Oxford, Oxford University Press: 2007)[2] ISBN 978-0-19-922592-7
  • Knowledge and Practical Interests (Oxford, Oxford University Press: 2005) ISBN 978-0-19-923043-3
  • Know How (Oxford University Press: 2011) [3] ISBN 9780199695362
  • How Propaganda Works (Princeton University Press: 2015) [4] ISBN 9780691164427

External links

  • Staff Homepage at Yale University
  • Interview with 3AM Magazine
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