Mind and Language
Northwestern has a large and lively community of scholars working in the philosophy of mind and language.
If you have any questions about the program, do not hesitate to contact one of the faculty members listed below. Additional resources can be found on our LEMMings site.
(Philosophy): formal semantics (esp. modality), meta-semantics, propositional attitudes
(Philosophy): logic, philosophy of logic, and Quine-Carnap-Davidson
(Philosophy): attitude individuation, first-person authority, the semantics of attitude and speech reports, meaning, reference
(Philosophy) The nature of linguistic meaning (the nature of quantification, how lexical items encode concepts, relativism about linguistic content), the semantics-pragmatics-syntax interface, the role of mathematical techniques in the empirical study of language, truth and paradox, and the status of unrestricted quantification
(Philosophy): consciousness, mental causation
(Philosophy): The Philosophy of Generative Linguistics, Microlanguages and the Dynamic Lexicon, Tensism and Presentism in the Metaphysics of Time, the syntax and semantics of intensional environments, the semantics of quantified noun phrases, the nature of fiction and fanfiction, expressivist foundations for natural language semantics
(Philosophy): semantic contextualism, semantic externalism, reference, and meaning
Sandy Goldberg (right) chats before Lee Goldsmith's PhLing Talk.
Faculty with a very strong secondary interest in mind and language:
(Linguistics): Semantics, Pragmatics, syntax, syntactic variation and change, focus and focus sensitivity
(Psychology): Learning and Thinking; Analogy, Similarity and Metaphor; Concepts and Conceptual Structure; Language and Cognition; Language Acquisition
(Psychology): Language Cognition; Memory Representations Underlying Routine Language Use; Pragmatics; Common Ground and Memory Processes in Language Production
(Linguistics): Semantics, Pragmatics, and Computational Linguistics; Modality; Tense; Conditionals; Game Theory Approaches to Language
(Philosophy): pragmatic theory, reference, meaning, truth
(Psychology): Categorization And Reasoning; Decision-Making; Cultural and Biological Thought
(Psychology, Education, and Computer Science): Knowledge Representation, Language Cognition, Metaphor, Emotion
(Psychology, Education): Language Comprehension of Written Texts; Memory
(Psychology): Concepts of Individual Entities; Mathematical Concepts (e.g., Natural Numbers or Groups); and Types of Reasoning Related to these Concepts (Typically Causal or Mathematical Reasoning, Counterfactuals)
(Linguistics): Pragmatic Theory, Information Structure, Intonational Meaning, and Reference/Anaphora
The audience at Robin Jeshion's Colloquia Talk.
Recent Graduate Course Offerings in Philosophy of Mind and Language
Grad course: "Logic and Anti-Realism" (Ebels Duggan)
Grad course: “Metaphysics” (Reed, Ludlow)
Grad course: “Philosophy of Mind” (Goldberg, Lackey, Ludlow)
Grad course: “Philosophical Psychology” (Ludlow, Goldberg)
Grad course: "Philosophy of Language" (Ludlow)
Grad course: “Topics in Philosophy of Language: Reference” (Mueller, Lafont)
Grad course: “Classics of Analytic Philosophy” (Ludlow, Mueller)
Grad Seminar: “Language, Thought, and Cognitive Significance” (Goldberg)
Grad Seminar: “Descriptions” (Ludlow)
Grad Seminar: “Metasemantics” (Cariani)
Grad Seminar: “Meaning and Context” (Mueller)
Grad Seminar: “Time: Semantics and Metaphysics” (Ludlow)
Grad Seminar: "Singular thought, belief, and the imagination" (Goldberg)
Grad Seminar: “Speech Act Theory” (Goldberg)
Grad Seminar: "Truth" (Glanzberg)
Grad Seminar: “Contextualism and Invariantism” (Reed)
Activities and Resources
In addition to graduate seminars, there are a number of other regular activities and resources.
Fabrizio Cariani reviews notes at Tim Sundell's PhLing Talk.
The Philosophy Department welcomes in winter quarter visiting Professor Christoph Menke (Goethe University, Frankfurt) . Professor Menke's visit is sponsored by the Departments of German, Philosophy and Political Science, and the Max Kade Foundation. While at Northwestern, he is teaching undergraduate and graduate classes.
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