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Linguistics and Philosophy

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The new Stata center which will house 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.

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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.

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MIT Course #Course Title
24.907J Abnormal Language, Fall 2004
24.962 Advanced Phonology, Spring 2005
24.973 Advanced Semantics, Spring 2005
24.200 Ancient Philosophy, Fall 2004
24.953 Argument Structure and Syntax, Spring 2003
24.06J Bioethics, Spring 2006
24.01 Classics in Western Philosophy, Spring 2006
24.892 Classification, Natural Kinds, and Conceptual Change: Race as a Case Study, Spring 2004
24.262 Feeling and Imagination in Art, Science, and Technology, Spring 2004
24.237 Feminist Political Thought, Spring 2006
24.264 Film as Visual and Literary Mythmaking, Fall 2005
24.942 Grammar of a Less Familiar Language, Spring 2003
24.900 Introduction to Linguistics, Spring 2005
24.900 Introduction to Linguistics, Spring 2004
24.251 Introduction to Philosophy of Language, Spring 2006
24.251 Introduction to Philosophy of Language, Spring 2005
24.961 Introduction to Phonology, Fall 2002
24.951 Introduction to Syntax, Fall 2003
24.04J Justice, Spring 2006
24.966J Laboratory on the Physiology, Acoustics, and Perception of Speech, Fall 2005
24.904J Language Acquisition, Fall 2001
24.949J Language Acquisition I, Spring 2002
24.901 Language and its Structure I: Phonology, Fall 2002
24.902 Language and its Structure II: Syntax, Fall 2003
24.903 Language and its Structure III: Semantics and Pragmatics, Spring 2005
24.933 Language and its Structure III: Semantics and Pragmatics, Spring 2005
24.945J Language Processing, Fall 2004
24.946 Linguistic Theory and the Japanese Language, Fall 2004
24.241 Logic I, Fall 2005
24.242 Logic II, Spring 2004
24.221 Metaphysics, Fall 2005
24.221 Metaphysics: Free Will, Fall 2004
24.119 Mind and Machines, Spring 2005
24.02 Moral Problems and the Good Life, Fall 2006
24.120 Moral Psychology, Fall 2005
24.500 Other Minds, Spring 2003
24.118 Paradox and Infinity, Fall 2006
24.209 Philosophy In Film and Other Media, Spring 2004
24.213 Philosophy of Film, Fall 2004
24.261 Philosophy of Love in the Western World, Fall 2004
24.111 Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics, Spring 2005
24.611J Political Philosophy: Global Justice, Spring 2003
24.954 Pragmatics in Linguistic Theory, Fall 2004
24.00 Problems of Philosophy, Fall 2005
24.400 Proseminar in Philosophy I, Fall 2003
24.905J Psycholinguistics, Spring 2005
24.03 Relativism, Reason, and Reality, Spring 2005
24.968J Speech Communication, Spring 2004
24.906J The Linguistic Study of Bilingualism, Fall 2006
24.263 The Nature of Creativity, Fall 2005
24.211 Theory of Knowledge, Fall 2003
24.910 Topics in Linguistics Theory, Spring 2003
24.919 Topics in Linguistics: Creole Languages and Caribbean Identities, Spring 2004
24.729 Topics in Philosophy of Language: Vagueness, Fall 2005
24.500 Topics in Philosophy of Mind: Self-Knowledge, Spring 2005
24.810 Topics in Philosophy of Science: Social Science, Fall 2006
24.964 Topics in Phonology, Fall 2004
24.979 Topics in Semantics, Fall 2002
24.201 Topics in the History of Philosophy: Kant, Fall 2005
24.805 Topics in Theory of Knowledge: A Priori Knowledge, Spring 2005