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Ph.D., Philosophy, UCLA, 1983
A.B., Mathematics & Philosophy,
U.C., Berkeley, 1976
Mouton Series in Pragmatics, 13. Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter Mouton, 2012.

Jonathan Berg argues for the Theory of Direct Belief, which treats having a belief about an individual as an unmediated relation between the believer and the individual the belief is about. After a critical review of alternative positions, Berg uses Grice's theory of conversational implicature to provide a detailed pragmatic account of substitution failure in belief ascriptions and goes on to defend this view against objections, including those based on an unwarranted "Inner Speech" Picture of Thought. The work serves as a case study in pragmatic explanation, dealing also with methodological issues about context-sensitivity in language and the relation between semantics and pragmatics.
Naming, Necessity and More: Explorations in the Philosophical Work of Saul Kripke
Ed., Jon​athan Berg. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
Saul Kripke's Naming and Necessity was one of the most influential philosophical works of the twentieth century. In this collection of essays leading specialists explore issues arising from this and other works of Kripke's.
Applied Logic: A Guide to the Principles of Argument
(In Hebrew)  Jerusalem: Israel Ministry of Education and Branco Weiss Institute, 1998.
We live in a world of arguments, and applied logic helps us deal with them. The main goal of this book is to develop the reader's capacity to engage in the give-and-take of reasons, by improving the ability to identify arguments in natural contexts, to interpret them, and to evaluate them.
"Intuitions and the Semantics of Indirect Discourse." In Indirect Reports and Pragmatics in the World Languages. Ed. A. Capone, M. Garcia-Carpintero, and A. Falzone. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2019, pp. 99-107.
​"Replies to Davis, Everett, Jacquette, Nottelmann, and Smith." Philosophia, 45(2017), 107-124.
"Precis of Direct Belief." Philosophia, 45(2017), 7-17.
"When Fodor Met Frege."  Erkenntnis. 80 (2015), 467-76.
"Semantics in the Twilight Zone."  In Naming, Necessity and More: Explorations in the Philosophical Work of Saul Kripke. Ed. J. Berg. Basingstoke, UK, and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, pp. 201-20.
"Must We Know What We Say?"  In Saying, Meaning, Implicating.  Ed. G. Meggle and C. Plunze.  Leipzig: Leipzig University Press, 2003, pp. 64-71.
"Is Semantics Still Possible?"  Journal of Pragmatics, 34 (2002), 349-59.
"Referential Attribution."  Philosophical Studies, 96 (1999), 73-86.
"Troubles with Neo-Notionalism."  Philosophia, 27 (1999), 459-82.
"In Defense of Direct Belief: Substitutivity, Availability, and Iterability."  Lingua e Stile, 33 (1998), 461-70.
"First Person Authority, Externalism, and Wh-Knowledge."  Dialectica, 52 (1998), 41-4.
"On the Importance of Knowing What One is Talking About."  In Philosophy and the Many Faces of Science.  Ed. D. Anapolitanos, A. Baltas, and S. Tsinorema.  Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 1998, pp.18-23.
"Philosophical Remarks on Implicit Knowledge and Educational Theory."  In Implicit and Explicit Knowledge: An Educational Approach.  Ed. D. Tirosh.  Norwood, NJ: Ablex, 1994, pp. 245-53.
(with N. Francez) "A Multi-Agent Extension of DRT."  In Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Computational Linguistics."  Ed. H. Bunt, R. Muskens, and G. Rentier.  Tilburg: University of Tilburg, 1994, pp. 81-90.
"Inferential Roles, Quine, and Mad Holism."  Grazer Philosophische Studien, 46 (1993), 283-301.
"Literal Meaning and Context."  Iyyun, 42 (1993), 297-411.
"On the Very Idea of Thinking in Words."  Belgian J. of Linguistics, 8 (1993), 9-19.
Review of The Philosophy of W.V. Quine, ed. Lewis Edwin Hahn and Paul Arthur Schilpp.  Philosophia, 22 (1993), 195-201.
"The Point of Interpreting Arguments."  Informal Logic, 14 (1992), 119-22.
Review of Soren Stenlund's Language and Philosophical Problems.  Mind, 101 (1992), 598-603.
"Validity and Rationality."  In Argumentation Illuminated.  Ed. F. van Eemeren, et al.  Amsterdam: SICSAT, 1992, pp. 104-12.
"How Could Ethics Depend on Religion?"  In A Companion to Ethics.  Ed. Peter Singer.  Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1991, pp. 525-33.
"The Relevant Relevance."  Journal of Pragmatics, 16 (1991), 75-89.
"The Right to Self-Determination."  Public Affairs Quarterly, 5 (1991), 211-25.
Review of Themes from Kaplan, ed. Joseph Almog, John Perry, and Howard Wettstein.  International Studies in Philosophy, 23 (1991), 92-4.
"Wittgenstein, Searle, and the Background of Meaning."  In Wittgenstein‑-Towards a Re-evaluation.  Ed. Rudolf Haller and Johannes Brandl.  Vienna: Holder-Pichler-Tempsky, 1990, pp. 177-81.
"Metaphor, Meaning, and Interpretation."  Journal of Pragmatics, 12 (1988), 695-709.  Rpt. in Cognitive Aspects of Language Use.  Ed. Asa Kasher.  Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1989, pp. 191-205.
"The Pragmatics of Substitutivity."  Linguistics and Philosophy, 11 (1988), 355-70.
"Interpreting Arguments."  Informal Logic, 9 (1987), 13-21.
(with C. Chihara) "Church's Thesis Misconstrued."  Philosophi­cal Studies, 28 (1975), 357-62.