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Kenneth Allen Taylor (born 1954) is an American philosopher. He was the chair of the department of philosophy at Stanford University from 2001 to 2009. Professor Taylor specializes in philosophy of language and philosophy of mind. His interests include semantics, reference, naturalism, and relativism. He is the author of numerous articles, which have appeared in journals such as Noûs, Philosophical Studies, and Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and three books, Truth and Meaning: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Language (Blackwell Publishers), Reference and the Rational Mind (CSLI Publications) Meaning Diminished: Toward Metaphysically Modest Semantics. (Oxford University Press)

Kenneth Allen Taylor
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Kenneth Taylor (left) and John Perry at Philosophy Talk
Sandusky, Ohio
Alma materUniversity of Notre Dame
Era20th-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolAnalytic philosophy
Main interests
Philosophy of language, philosophy of mind

Taylor received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1977. He received his Ph.D. in 1984 from the University of Chicago, where he completed his dissertation under the supervision of Leonard Linsky.

Before coming to Stanford, Taylor taught in the philosophy departments at Rutgers University, University of Maryland at College Park, Wesleyan University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Middlebury College. He is the co-host, with John Perry, of the radio program Philosophy Talk.


  • Taylor, Kenneth (1998). Truth and Meaning: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Language. Oxford: Blackwell. ISBN 1-57718-048-8.
  • Taylor, Kenneth (2003). Reference and the Rational Mind. Stanford: CSLI Publications. ISBN 1-57586-431-2.
  • Taylor, Kenneth (2019). Meaning Diminished: Toward Metaphysically Modest Semantics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198803447.

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