• Nick Kroll
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Department Chair of Philosophy



Office: LSP169


 Ph.D. in Philosophy, Yale University, 2012


  1. "Determinable Dispositions," in Powers, Parts, and Wholes, Oxford University Press, forthcoming
  2. "Splitting Situations," Linguistics and Philosophyforthcoming
  3. Singular Thought and Mental Files. Volume co-edited with Rachel Goodman and James Genone. Oxford University Press. 2020.
  4. "Passing Time," Erkenntnis 85 (1):255-268. 2020. 
  5. "Fully Realizing Partial Realization," Glossa 3(1). 2018.
  6. "Teleological Dispositions," Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, Volume 10 (2017). Winner of the 2014 Sanders Prize in Metaphysics. 
  7. "Partial Manifistations," In Morphological, Syntactic and Semantic Aspects of Dispositions. Stuttgart, Germany: pp. 85-91 (2016).
  8. "Progressive Teleology," Philosophical Studies 172 (11):2931-2954 (2015).
  9.  "On Bishops and Donkeys," Natural Language Semantics (2008) 16: 359-372.

In Progress

  1. Undermining Williamson’s Modest Proposal

  2. The Specific Yet Opaque in Situation Semantics

  3. Telicity and Teleology

  4. Masking Knowledge

Grants & Awards

  • Sanders Prize in Metaphysics, 2014
  • Yale University Dissertation Fellowship, 2010-2011
  • Yale University Graduate Fellowship, 2006-2010
  • Tuition Award, Conditionals Summer School at Central European University, 2009
  • Travel & Tuition Award, The Ohio State University Workshop on Presupposition Accommodation, 2006
  • Sage Fellowship, Cornell University, 2004-2006
  • Research Award to attend LSA Summer Institute at MIT-Harvard, Cornell 2005 


  1. "Determinable Dispositions," The Mereology of Potentiality. Durham University, UK. March 2020.
  2. "Aimless Striving," Banff Workshop in Languange and Metaphysics," Banff, CA, February 2020. 
  3. "Specificity and Structure in Dispositions," Oxford University, November 2019
  4. "Splitting Situations," Semantics and Philosophy in Europe 11, Warsaw, Sept 2019
  5. “Discoverability and Contestability in Social Constitution (of Gender),” with Bennett Helm, Social Ontology 2018, August 2018
  6. “Telic Atelics,” Workshop on Metaphysics and Semantics of Aspect, F&M, April 2018
  7. “Partial Manifestations," APA Pacific Meeting (colloquium paper), April 2017
  8. "Partial Manifestations," Workshop on Aspect and Modality, Western Michigan University, April 2016
  9. "Trivializing Williamson's Modest Proposal," International Conference on Williamson, Philosophy and Logic, Peking University. October 2015. 
  10. "Dibble Dabbling in -ible, -able, and -ing,Workshop on the Morphological, Syntactic and Semantic Aspects of Dispositions. University of Stuttgart.  June 2015. 
  11. "A Situation Semantics for Split Readings," ELLMM City. Yale University. October 2014.
  12. "On Byrne's account of perceptual evidence," Perceptual Evidence Conference. Rutgers University, Camden, NJ. March 2014.
  13. "Temporal Passage and Events in Progress,” APA Central Meeting (symposium paper), February 2014
  14. “On Shellenberg’s ‘The Particular Elements of Singular Thought',” Rationality and Reference Conference,  Franklin and Marshall College, March 2013
  15. “On O’Rourke and Rotschy’s ‘Against Speaker Intentions’,” Eastern Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, December 2011

Course Information

PHI100: Introduction to Philosophy

PHI244: Symbolic Logic

PHI272: Knowledge and Reality

PHI275: Topics in Metaphysics

PHI331: Free Will

PHI339: Philosophy of Language

PHI498: Philosophy Senior Research Seminar