Dr Alex Silk

Dr Alex Silk

Department of Philosophy
Lecturer in Philosophy

Contact details

ERI Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I'm a Lecturer in Philosophy. My research is primarily in philosophy of language, ethics, and metaethics.

Personal website: umich.edu/~asilk


  • PhD in Philosophy (University of Michigan, 2013)
  • MA in Philosophy (University of Michigan, 2010),
  • BA in Philosophy (Wheaton College, 2008)


I completed my PhD at the University of Michigan. My dissertation was on the meaning of normative language and how incorporating insights from philosophy of language and linguistics can illuminate classic questions in normative and metanormative theory.

Postgraduate supervision

I'm happy to supervise or co-supervise graduate students in philosophy of language, ethics, and metaethics.


  • Modals
  • Conditionals
  • Normative language
  • Contextualism
  • Relativism
  • Expressivism
  • Nietzsche



  • Discourse Contextualism: A Framework for Contextualist Semantics and Pragmatics.


Book Reviews

  • Critical Notice of G. Fletcher & M. Ridge (Eds.), Having it Both Ways: Hybrid Theories and Modern Metaethics. Analysis. Forthcoming.
  • Review of P. Katsafanas, Agency and the Foundations of Ethics. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
  • Review of R. Shafer-Landau (Ed.), Oxford Studies in Metaethics, Vol. 6. Ethics 122(3): 622–627.