Linguistics and Philosophy

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The Stata center houses the departments of Linguistics and Philosophy.

As its name suggests, the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy houses a linguistics section and a philosophy section.

Though they share a number of intellectual interests and a joint undergraduate major, these two sections are administratively autonomous with separate chairpersons, faculties, admissions procedures, curricular and degree requirements, and financial aid programs.


The research conducted by the MIT Linguistics Program strives to develop a general theory that reveals the rules and laws that govern the structure of particular languages, and the general laws and principles governing all natural languages. The core of the program includes most of the traditional subfields of linguistics: phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and psycholinguistics, as well as questions concerning the interrelations between linguistics and other disciplines such as philosophy and logic, literary studies, the study of formal languages, acoustics, and computer science.


The Philosophy section of MIT's Department of Linguistics and Philosophy offers two undergraduate majors: one a general philosophy major, and another joint major with the linguistics section in the foundations of the study of language and mind. For more than 30 years, the Department has also had an outstanding Ph.D. program that attracts students from around the world, and has placed its graduates on the faculties of the world's leading universities.

The Department's faculty is small, but has research and teaching strengths in a wide range of areas of philosophy, including metaphysics, logic, the philosophy of language and the philosophy of mind, ethics, and political philosophy. The MIT philosophy program also offers the opportunity for interdisciplinary work in linguistics, mathematics, and political science.

Department of Linguistics and Philosophy links

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Updated within the past 180 days

MIT Course #Course TitleTerm
 24.00Problems of PhilosophyFall 2005
 24.01Classics in Western PhilosophySpring 2006
24.02Moral Problems and the Good LifeFall 2008
 24.03Relativism, Reason, and RealitySpring 2005
 24.04JJusticeSpring 2006
 24.06JBioethicsSpring 2006
 24.09Minds and MachinesSpring 2007
 24.111Philosophy of Quantum MechanicsSpring 2005
 24.118Paradox and InfinityFall 2006
 24.120Moral PsychologyFall 2005
 24.200Ancient PhilosophyFall 2004
 24.201Topics in the History of Philosophy: KantFall 2005
 24.209Philosophy In Film and Other MediaSpring 2004
 24.211Theory of KnowledgeFall 2003
 24.213Philosophy of FilmFall 2004
 24.221Metaphysics: Free WillFall 2004
 24.221MetaphysicsFall 2005
 24.222Decisions, Games, and Rational ChoiceSpring 2008
 24.237JFeminist TheorySpring 2008
 24.241Logic IFall 2005
 24.242Logic IISpring 2004
 24.251Introduction to Philosophy of LanguageSpring 2005
 24.251Introduction to Philosophy of LanguageSpring 2006
24.260Topics in Philosophy: David LewisSpring 2008
 24.261Philosophy of Love in the Western WorldFall 2004
 24.262Feeling and Imagination in Art, Science, and TechnologySpring 2004
 24.263The Nature of CreativityFall 2005
 24.264Film as Visual and Literary MythmakingFall 2005
 24.500Other MindsSpring 2003
 24.900Introduction to LinguisticsSpring 2004
 24.900Introduction to LinguisticsSpring 2005
 24.901Language and its Structure I: PhonologyFall 2002
 24.902Language and its Structure II: SyntaxFall 2003
 24.903Language and its Structure III: Semantics and PragmaticsSpring 2005
 24.904JLanguage AcquisitionFall 2001
 24.905JPsycholinguisticsSpring 2005
 24.906JThe Linguistic Study of BilingualismFall 2006
 24.907JAbnormal LanguageFall 2004
 24.910Topics in Linguistics TheorySpring 2003
 24.910Topics in Linguistic Theory: Laboratory PhonologySpring 2007
 24.919Topics in Linguistics: Creole Languages and Caribbean IdentitiesSpring 2004
 24.933Language and its Structure III: Semantics and PragmaticsSpring 2005
 24.946Linguistic Theory and the Japanese LanguageFall 2004
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Updated within the past 180 days

MIT Course #Course TitleTerm
 24.262Feeling and Imagination in Art, Science, and TechnologySpring 2004
 24.400Proseminar in Philosophy IFall 2003
 24.500Topics in Philosophy of Mind: Self-KnowledgeSpring 2005
 24.500Topics in Philosophy of Mind: Perceptual ExperienceSpring 2007
 24.611JPolitical Philosophy: Global JusticeSpring 2003
 24.729Topics in Philosophy of Language: VaguenessFall 2005
 24.805Topics in Theory of Knowledge: A Priori KnowledgeSpring 2005
 24.810Topics in Philosophy of Science: Social ScienceFall 2006
 24.892Classification, Natural Kinds, and Conceptual Change: Race as a Case StudySpring 2004
 24.903Language and its Structure III: Semantics and PragmaticsSpring 2005
 24.907JAbnormal LanguageFall 2004
 24.921Special Topics in Linguistics: GenericitySpring 2007
 24.933Language and its Structure III: Semantics and PragmaticsSpring 2005
 24.941JThe Lexicon and Its FeaturesSpring 2007
 24.942Grammar of a Less Familiar LanguageSpring 2003
 24.945JLanguage ProcessingFall 2004
 24.949JLanguage Acquisition ISpring 2002
 24.951Introduction to SyntaxFall 2003
 24.952Advanced SyntaxSpring 2007
 24.953Argument Structure and SyntaxSpring 2003
 24.954Pragmatics in Linguistic TheoryFall 2006
 24.960Syntactic ModelsSpring 2006
 24.961Introduction to PhonologyFall 2002
 24.962Advanced PhonologySpring 2005
 24.963Linguistic PhoneticsFall 2005
 24.964Topics in PhonologyFall 2004
 24.966JLaboratory on the Physiology, Acoustics, and Perception of SpeechFall 2005
 24.968JSpeech CommunicationSpring 2004
 24.973Advanced SemanticsSpring 2005
 24.979Topics in SemanticsFall 2002
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