Sarah-Jane Leslie 

Princeton University


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Selected Publications

Sarah-Jane Leslie


Generics and Generalization
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Meyer, M., Cimpian, A., & Leslie, S.J. (in press). Women are underrepresented in fields where success is thought to require brilliance. Frontiers in Psychology. PDF

Leslie, S.J., Cimpian, A., Meyer, M., & Freeland, E. (2015). Expectations of Brilliance Underlie Gender Distributions Across Academic Disciplines. Science, 347(6219), 262-265. Link

Gelman, S.A., Leslie, S.J., Was, A.M., & Koch, C.M. (in press). Children's Interpretations of General Quantifiers, Specific Quantifiers, and Generics. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience. PDF

Sutherland, S.L., Cimpian, A., Leslie, S.J. & Gelman, S.A. (in press). Memory Errors Reveal a Bias to Spontaneously Generalize to Categories. Cognitive Science. PDF

Leslie, S.J. (in press). 'Hillary Clinton is the only man in the Obama Administration': Dual Character Concepts, Generics, and Gender. Analytic Philosophy. PDF

Leslie, S.J. (in press). 'Real Men': Polysemy or Implicature? Analytic Philosophy. PDF

Leslie, S.J. (in press). The Original Sin of Cognition: Fear, Prejudice and Generalization. The Journal of Philosophy. PDF

Leslie, S.J. (in press). Generics. In R. Audi (ed.) Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy

Leslie, S.J. (2015). Generics Oversimplified. Nous, 49(1), 28-54. PDF

Leslie, S.J. (2014). Carving Up the Social World with Generics. Oxford Studies in Experimental Philosophy, 1, 208-232. PDF

Lerner, A., & Leslie, S.J. (2013). Generics, Generalism, and Reflective Equilibrium: Implications for Moral Theorizing from the Study of Language. Philosophical Perspectives, 27, 366-403. PDF

Prasada, S., Khemlani, S., Leslie, S.J., & Glucksberg, S. (2013). Conceptual Distinctions Amongst Generics. Cognition, 126, 405-422. PDF

Meyer, M., Leslie, S.J., Gelman, S.A., & Stilwell, S. (2013). Essentialist Beliefs about Organ Transplants in the United States and India. Cognitive Science, 37, 668-710. PDF

Leslie, S.J. (2013). Essence and Natural Kinds: When Science Meets Preschooler Intuition. Oxford Studies in Epistemology, 4, 108-165. PDF

Johnston, M. & Leslie, S.J. (2012). Concepts, Analysis, Generics, and the Canberra Plan. Philosophical Perspectives, 26, 113-171. PDF

Leslie, S.J. (2012). Generics Articulate Default Generalizations. Recherches Linguistiques de Vincennes: New Perspectives on Genericity at the Interfaces (A. Mari, ed.), 41, 25-45. PDF

Rhodes, M., Leslie, S.J., & Tworek, C. (2012). Cultural Transmission of Social Essentialism. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 109(34), 13526-13531. PDF

Leslie, S.J. & Gelman, S.A. (2012). Quantified Statements are Recalled as Generics. Cognitive Psychology, 64, 186-214. PDF

Brandone, A. Cimpian, A., Leslie, S.J. & Gelman, S.A. (2012). Do Lions Have Manes? For Children, Generics are about Kinds rather than Quantities. Child Development, 83(2), 423-433. PDF

Khemlani, S., Leslie, S.J. & Glucksberg, S. (2012). Inferences about Members of Kinds: The Generics Hypothesis. Language and Cognitive Processes, 27, 887-900. PDF

Sarah Jane LeslieLeslie, S.J. (2012). Eros and the Redemption of the Gods: Themes from Wagner. in A. Hamilton and N. Zangwill (eds.), Scruton's Aesthetics, Palgrave Macmillan. PDF

Leslie, S.J. (2012). Generics. In G. Russell and D. G. Fara (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Language. New York: Routledge, pp. 355-367. PDF

Leslie, S.J. (2011). Essence, Plenitude, and Paradox. Philosophical Perspectives, 25, 277-296. PDF

Leslie, S.J., Khemlani, S. & Glucksberg, S. (2011). All Ducks Lay Eggs: The Generic Overgeneralization Effect.Journal of Memory and Language, 65, 15-31. PDF

Leslie, S.J. (2011). Generics. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. PDF

Leslie, S.J. (2009). ‘If’, ‘Unless’, and Quantification. In R. Stainton and C. Viger (eds.) Compositionality, Context and Semantics. Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy (SLAP), vol. 85, Dordrecht: Springer. PDF 

Leslie, S.J. (2008). Generics: Cognition and Acquisition. Philosophical Review, vol. 117, no. 1, pp. 1-47. PDF

Leslie, S.J. (2007). Generics and the Structure of the Mind. Philosophical Perspectives, vol 21, no.1,pp. 375-403. PDF

Leslie, S.J. (2007). Moderately Sensitive Semantics. In G. Preyer (ed.), Context Sensitivity and Semantic Minimalism: Essays on Semantics and Pragmatics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. PDF

Conference Proceedings

S. Khemlani, S. J. Leslie, & S. Glucksberg. (2009) Generics, Prevalence, and Default Inferences. Proceedings of the 31st Annual Cognitive Science Society. Amsterdam: Cognitive Science Society. PDF

S. J. Leslie, S. Khemlani, S. Prasada, and S. Glucksberg. (2009). Conceptual and Linguistic Distinctions between Singular and Plural Generics. Proceedings of the 31st Annual Cognitive Science Society. Amsterdam: Cognitive Science Society. PDF

S. Khemlani, S. J. Leslie, S. Glucksberg, & P. R. Fernandez. (2007). Do Ducks Lay Eggs?  How People Interpret Generic Assertions. Proceedings of the 29th Annual Cognitive Science Society. Nashville, TN: Cognitive Science Society. PDF