- PhD Michigan (1995)
- AM Michigan (1992)
- MLitt St Andrews (1989)
- MA (Hons) Glasgow (1987)
- office: 2N4, second floor, north wing, Burns Building, 95 Albany Street
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Alex took his undergraduate degree in mathematics and philosophy at the University of Glasgow (where he was awarded the Edward Caird Medal in Philosophy), and did his graduate work in philosophy at the University of St. Andrews and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (where he was Horace. H. Rackham Predoctoral Fellow).
Alex joined the Otago department in June 2012 and served as Head Of Department 2014-16. Prior to this he was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham, and has also taught at Nottingham, Cardiff, and Macquarie. He has held external examiner appointments at many universities, including the University of London, University of Nottingham, University of Leeds, University of York, and University of Glasgow.
In additional to numerous journal articles and book chapters, he is the author/editor of several books. These include Philosophy of Language (Revised and Expanded 3rd Edition Routledge 2018), A Companion to the Philosophy of Language (2nd Edition, co-edited with Bob Hale and Crispin Wright, Wiley-Blackwell 2017), Contemporary Metaethics: An Introduction (Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition, Polity Press 2013), Rule-Following and Meaning (co-edited with Crispin Wright, Acumen 2002). He has supervised PhD and Masters students from as far afield as Austria, Iran, UK, Brunei, and the USA. For details of his ongoing research, teaching and supervision, see the research and teaching sections.