Mind & 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.

Core Faculty

Fabrizio Cariani
(Philosophy): formal semantics (esp. modality), meta-semantics, propositional attitudes

Sean Ebels Duggan

(Philosophy): logic, philosophy of logic, and Quine-Carnap-Davidson

Michael Glanzberg

(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

Sanford Goldberg

(Philosophy): attitude individuation, first-person authority, the semantics of attitude and speech reports, meaning, reference

Jennifer Lackey

(Philosophy): consciousness, mental causation

Axel Mueller

(Philosophy): semantic contextualism, semantic externalism, reference, and meaning

Faculty with a very strong secondary interest in mind and language:

Dedre Gentner

(Psychology): Learning and Thinking; Analogy, Similarity and Metaphor; Concepts and Conceptual Structure; Language and Cognition; Language Acquisition

Sid Horton

(Psychology): Language Cognition; Memory Representations Underlying Routine Language Use; Pragmatics; Common Ground and Memory Processes in Language Production

Cristina Lafont

(Philosophy): pragmatic theory, reference, meaning, truth

Doug Medin

(Psychology): Categorization And Reasoning; Decision-Making; Cultural and Biological Thought

David Rapp

(Psychology, Education): Language Comprehension of Written Texts; Memory

Lance Rips

(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)

Gregory Ward

(Linguistics): Pragmatic Theory, Information Structure, Intonational Meaning, and Reference/Anaphora

Recent Graduate Course Offerings in Philosophy of Mind and Language

Grad course: "Logic and Anti-Realism" (Ebels Duggan)

Grad course:  “Metaphysics” (Reed)

Grad course:  “Philosophy of Mind” (Goldberg, Lackey)

Grad course:  “Philosophical Psychology” (Goldberg)

Grad course:  “Topics in Philosophy of Language: Reference” (Mueller, Lafont)

Grad course:  “Classics of Analytic Philosophy” (Mueller)

Grad Seminar: "The Language of Deliberation" (Cariani)

Grad Seminar: "Foundations of Philosophy of Language" (Cariani) 

Grad Seminar: “Language, Thought, and Cognitive Significance” (Goldberg)

Grad Seminar: “Metasemantics” (Cariani)

Grad Seminar: “Meaning and Context” (Mueller)

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)