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  • Hall, Edward J. (Edward Jonathon), 1966- (2002-06)
    Quantum mechanics is said to describe a world in which physical objects often lack "definite" properties, indeterminism creeps in at the point of "observation," ordinary logic does not apply, and distant events are perfectly ...
  • Briggs, Rachael Amy; Rayo, Agustín (2006-12)
    In this class we will study a cluster of puzzles, paradoxes and intellectual wonders - from Zeno's Paradox to Godel's Theorem - and discuss their philosophical implications.
  • Byrne, Alexander (2003-06)
    Examination of problems in the intersection of artificial intelligence, psychology, and philosophy. Issues discussed: whether people are Turing Machines, whether computers can be conscious, limitations on what computers ...
  • Byrne, Alexander (2005-06)
    Examination of problems in the intersection of artificial intelligence, psychology, and philosophy. Issues discussed: whether people are Turing Machines, whether computers can be conscious, limitations on what computers ...
  • Holton, Richard, 1962- (2005-12)
    The course is an examination of philosophical theories of action and motivation in the light of empirical findings from social psychology, sociology and neuroscience. Topics include Belief, Desire, and Moral Motivation; ...
  • Hawley, Patrick (2003-12)
    This course focuses on the study of problems concerning our concept of knowledge, our knowledge of the past, our knowledge of the thoughts and feelings of ourselves and others, and our knowledge of the existence and ...
  • Yablo, Stephen (2005-12)
    This course focuses on the study of basic metaphysical issues concerning existence, the mind-body problem, personal identity, and causation plus its implications for freedom. The course explores classical as well as ...
  • McGee, Vann, 1949- (2002-12)
    Introduction to the aims and techniques of formal logic. The logic of truth functions and quantifiers. The concepts of validity and truth and their relation to formal deduction. Applications of logic and the place of logic ...
  • Stalnaker, Robert (2009-12)
    This course covers sentential and quantified modal logic, with emphasis on the model theory ("possible worlds semantics"). Topics include soundness, completeness, characterization results for alternative systems, ...
  • Byrne, Alex (2003-12)
    An intensive seminar on the foundations of analytic philosophy for first-year graduate students. A large selection of classic texts, from Frege's Foundations of Arithmetic to Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations, ...
  • Flynn, Suzanne (2002-06)
    This class will provide some answers to basic questions about the nature of human language. Throughout the course, we will be learning (in many different ways) that human language is a surprisingly intricate -- yet ...
  • Richards, Norvin W. (2004-06)
    This class will provide some answers to basic questions about the nature of human language. Throughout the course, we will be learning (in many different ways) that human language is a surprisingly intricate -- yet ...
  • Flynn, Suzanne (2005-06)
    This core-curriculum linguistics class will provide some answers to basic questions about the nature of human language. Topics include the intricate system that governs language, how it is acquired, the similarities and ...
  • Steriade, Donca; Kenstowicz, Michael (2002-12)
    24.901 is designed to give you a preliminary understanding of how the sound systems of different languages are structured, how and why they may differ from each other. The course also aims to provide you with analytical ...
  • Flynn, Suzanne (2006-12)
    This course describes development of bilingualism in human history (from Lucy to present day). It focuses on linguistic aspects of bilingualism; models of bilingualism and language acquisition; competence versus performance; ...
  • Miyagawa, Shigeru (2001-12)
    Detailed examination of the grammar of Japanese and its structure which is significantly different from English, with special emphasis on problems of interest in the study of linguistic universals. Data from a broad group ...
  • Von Fintel, Kai; Fox, Daniel J. (Daniel Judah), 1966- (2002-12)
    Formal theories of context-dependency, presupposition, implicature, context-change, focus and topic. Special emphasis on the division of labor between semantics and pragmatics. Applications to the analysis of quantification, ...
  • Von Fintel, Kai (2004-12)
    Formal theories of context-dependency, presupposition, implicature, context-change, focus and topic. Special emphasis on the division of labor between semantics and pragmatics. Applications to the analysis of quantification, ...
  • Zoll, Cheryl; Steriade, Donca; Kenstowicz, Michael (2002-12)
    The year-long Introduction to Phonology reviews at the graduate level fundamental notions of phonological analysis and introduces students to current debates, research and analytical techniques. The Fall term reviews issues ...
  • Von Fintel, Kai (2003-06)
    Current work on semantics and questions of logic and meaning for syntactic systems in generative grammar.
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