dhr. prof. dr. ing. R.A.M. (Robert) van Rooij

  • Faculteit der Natuurwetenschappen, Wiskunde en Informatica
  • Bezoekadres
    Science Park 107
    Science Park 105  Amsterdam
    Kamernummer: F1.03
  • Postadres:
    Postbus  94242
    1090 GE  Amsterdam
  • R.A.M.vanRooij@uva.nl


Welcome  my home page. I am professor of Logic and Cognition (with special attention to the analysis of language) at the ILLC (Faculty of Science,  the University of Amsterdam). I used to work mostly on the formal semantics and pragmatics of natural language (e.g. conversational implicatures) and philosophy of language. More recently, I worked also on topics in philosophical logic (e.g. vagueness, truth, conditionals) and metaphysics (e.g. universalia). 


Currently I am involved in two research consortia: the `Language and Interaction'-project, sponsored by the dutch NWO, and the Essence-project, sponsored by the European Science foundation.


From 2005 until 2010 I worked on my NWO funded VIDI research project in Amsterdam called `The Economics of Language. Language Use and the Evolution of Linguistic Convention'. Before that, I was a KNAW-fellow working on the project `Games, Relevance, and Meaning'. I did my PhD in Stuttgart (1997). Until 2012, I supervised two projects on vagueness and comparatives, funded by NWO and the European Science Foundation (ESF), and until 20115 another ESF project  on communication and context.

Recent papers

Here are some recent published and unpublished papers

Older papers


My cv

Papers in progress

Interview on vagueness

If you want to hear me being interviewed on vagueness, look at the following page:



  • R.A.M. van Rooij (2014). Leibnizian intensional semantics for syllogistic reasoning. In H. Wansing (Ed.), Recent Trends in Philosophical Logic (pp. 179-194). Berlin: Springer.
  • M. Franke & R.A.M. van Rooij (2014). Strategies of persuasion, manipulation and propaganda. In R Verbrugge & J. van Benthem (Eds.), Modeling Strategic Reasoning.
  • P. Cobreros, P. Egre, D. Ripley & R.A.M. van Rooij (2014). Priests' Moterbike and Tolerant Identity. In Recent Trends in Philosophical Logic (pp. 75-84). Springer.
  • R.A.M. van Rooij (2014). Knowledge attributions in context of decision problems. In F. Lihorreau & M. Rebushi (Eds.), Epistemology, Context and Formalism (pp. 109-126). Berlin: Springer.
  • R.A.M. van Rooij (2014). Tolerant identity. In D Gutzmann, J. Koeplleling & C. Meier (Eds.), Approaches to Meaning: Composition, Values, and Interpretation (pp. 187-202). Leiden: Brill.
  • P. Cobreros, P. Egre, D. Ripley & R.A.M. van Rooij (2014). Tolerance, identity and metaphysical vagueness. Metaphysica, 14, 253-264.
  • R.A.M. van Rooij & K. Schulz (2014). Topic, focus, and exhaustive interpretation. In Chungmin Lee (Ed.), Contrastiveness and/or Scalar Implicatures. Palgrave MacMillan Publishers.
  • R.A.M. van Rooij (2014). Reference and denotation. In V. Hendricks (Ed.), Handbook of Formal Philosophy.
  • R.A.M. van Rooij (2014). Game theoretic pragmatics under conflicting and common interest. Erkenntnis, 79, 769-820. doi: 10.1007/s10670-013-9465-0
  • R. van Rooij & K. Schulz (2014). A question of priority. In E. McCready, K. Yabushita & K. Yoshimoto (Eds.), Formal approaches to semantics and pragmatics: Japanese and beyond (Studies in linguistics and philosophy, 95) (pp. 273-293). Dordrecht: Springer.[go to publisher's site]


  • P. Cobreros, P. Egre, D. Ripley & R.A.M. van Rooij (2013). Reaching transparant truth. Mind, 122, 841-866. doi: 10.1093/mind/fzt110
  • R.A.M. van Rooij & K. Jaegher (2013). Argumentation with bounded rational agents. In F Zenker (Ed.), Bayesian Argumentation Theory (pp. 147-164). Springer.
  • P. Cobreros, P. Egre, D. Ripley & R.A.M. van Rooij (2013). Tolerance, identity, and metaphysical vagueness. Metaphysica.


  • R.A.M. van Rooij & T. de Jager (2012). Explaining quantity implicatures. Journal of Logic, Language and Information, 21, 461-477.
  • R.A.M. van Rooij (2012). Meaning and Use. In Kempson, Fernando, Asher (Ed.), Handbook of Philosophy of Linguistics (pp. 197-228). Elsevier.
  • R.A.M. van Rooij (2012). The propositional and relational syllogistics. Logique et Analyse, 55 (217), 85-108.
  • P. Cobreros, P. Egre, D. Ripley & R.A.M. van Rooij (2012). Supervaluationism and mixed consequence. Studia Logica, 100, 853-875.
  • P. Cobreros, P. Egre, D. Ripley & R.A.M. van Rooij (2012). Tolerant, classical, strict. Journal of Philosophical Logic, 41, 347-385. doi: 10.1007/s10992-010-9165-z
  • R. van Rooij & M. Franke (2012). Promises and Threats with Conditionals and Disjunctions. In G. Grewendorf & T.E. Zimmermann (Eds.), Discourse and grammar: from sentence types to lexical categories (Studies in generative grammar, 112) (pp. 69-88). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.[go to publisher's site]
  • M. Franke, T. de Jager & R. van Rooij (2012). Relevance in cooperation and conflict. Journal of Logic and Computation, 22 (1), 23-54. doi: 10.1093/logcom/exp070


  • R.A.M. van Rooij, R. Nouwen, U. Sauerland & B.A. Schmitz (Eds.). (2011). Vagueness in Communication: International Workshop, ViC 2009, held as part of ESSLLI 2009, Bordeaux, France, July 20-24, 2009. Revised Selected Papers (Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 6517). Berlin: Springer.
  • M. Franke, G Jaeger & R.A.M. van Rooij (2011). Vagueness, Signaling and Bounded Rationality. In E. McReady (Ed.), Proceedings of LENLS 2010 (LNCS). Springer.
  • R.A.M. van Rooij (2011). Vagueness, tolerance and non-transitive entailment. In Reasoning under Vagueness. Berlin: Springer.
  • R.A.M. van Rooij (2011). Vagueness in linguistics. In Ronzitti (Ed.), Vagueness: A Guide. Berlin: Springer.
  • R. van Rooij (2011). Measurement and interadjective comparisons. Journal of Semantics, 28 (3), 335-358. doi: 10.1093/jos/ffq018
  • R.A.M. van Rooij (2011). Semi-orders and satisficing behavior. Synthese, 179, 1-12.
  • R. van Rooij (2011). Implicit versus explicit comparatives. In P. Egré & N. Klinedinst (Eds.), Vagueness and language use Palgrave studies in pragmatics, language and cognition (pp. 51-72). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • R.A.M. van Rooij & K. Jaegher (2011). Strategic Vagueness and Appropriate contexts. In Benz (Ed.), Meaning and Games. Springer.


  • R. van Rooij (2010). Conjunctive interpretation of disjunction. Semantics and Pragmatics, 3 (11), 1-28. doi: 10.3765/sp.3.11[go to publisher's site]
  • R. van Rooij (2010). Presupposition: an (un)common attitude. In R. Bäuerle & U. Reyle (Eds.), Presuppositions and discourse: essays offered to Hans Kamp Vol. 21. Current research in the semantics/pragmatics interface (pp. 1-28). Bingley: Emerald.
  • R.A.M. van Rooij (2010). The predicability tree. Why and How? In Proceedigns of Evolang 8. World Scientific.
  • R. van Rooij & K. Schulz (2010). Non-monotonic reasoning in interpretation. In J. van Benthem & A. ter Meulen (Eds.), Handbook of Logic and Language (Elsevier Insights). Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • R.A.M. van Rooij (2010). Games and Pragmatics. In Angel (Ed.), IWCog-10.



  • R. van Rooij (2008). Games and Quantity implicatures. Journal of Economic Methodology, 15 (3), 261-274. doi: 10.1080/13501780802321376[go to publisher's site]
  • R.A.M. van Rooij & K.R. Apt (2008). New Perspectives on Games and Interaction. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  • R. van Rooij (2008). Evolutionary motivations for semantic universals. In R. Eckardt, G. Jäger & T. Veenstra (Eds.), Variation, selection, development: Probing the evolutionary model of language change (Trends in linguistics. Studies and monographs, 197) (pp. 103-142). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • R. van Rooij (2008). Comparatives and quantifiers. In O. Bonami & P. Cabredo Hofherr (Eds.), Empirical issues in formal syntax and semantics 7: Papers from CSSP 2007 = Questions empiriques et formalisation en syntaxe et sémantique 7: Travaux présentés à CSSP 2007 Vol. 7. Empirical Issues in Syntax and Semantics (pp. 423-444). Paris: Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS).[go to publisher's site]
  • R. van Rooij (2008). Towards a uniform analysis of 'any'. Natural Language Semantics, 16 (4), 297-315. doi: 10.1007/s11050-008-9035-1[go to publisher's site]


  • R.A.M. van Rooij, U. Sauerland, J.L. Nouwen & A. Schmitz (2011). Vagueness in Communication. Berlin: Springer.


  • R. van Rooij (2009). [Review of the book The philosophy of David Kaplan]. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2009(09.34).
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