This traditional undergraduate philosophy major (24-1) is designed to provide familiarity with the history and current status of the main problems in epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics; mastery of some of the technical skills requisite for advanced work in philosophy; facility at independent philosophical study; and work at an advanced level in an allied field.

Required Subjects

One CI-H Philosophy subject*
(*may not also satisfy the departmental distribution requirement listed below)

One History of Philosophy subject:

24.01 Classics in Western Philosophy (CI-H)
24.201 Topics in the History of Philosophy (CI-M)

One Knowledge and Reality subject:

24.08J Philosophical Issues in Brain Science (CI-H)
24.09
Minds and Machines (CI-H)
24.111 Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics
24.112 Space, Time, and Relativity
24.114J A Philosophical History of Energy (CI-H)
24.115 Philosophy and Time
24.211 Theory of Knowledge
24.215 Topics in the Philosophy of Science
24.221 Metaphysics (CI-M)
24.251 Introduction to Philosophy of Language (CI-M)
24.253 Philosophy of Mathematics
24.280 Foundations of Probability

One Value subject:

24.02 Moral Problems and the Good Life (CI-H)
24.04J Justice (CI-H)
24.06 Bioethics (CI-H)
24.120 Moral Psychology (CI-M)
24.222 Decisions, Games and Rational Choice
24.231 Ethics (CI-M)
24.235J Philosophy of Law (CI-M)
24.236 Topics in Social Theory and Practice
24.237 Feminist Thought (CI-M)

One Logic Subject

24.118 Paradox and Infinity
24.241 Logic I
24.242 Logic II
24.243 Classical Set Theory
24.244 Modal Logic
24.245 Theory of Models
or a logic subject from another department (e.g., Mathematics) with the approval of the major advisor.

and

24.260 Topics in Philosophy (CI-M)

Restricted Electives
A coherent program of five additional subjects, of which two must be in philosophy

Notes on Major

Contact Information:

Vann McGee | Undergraduate Officer & Advisor | vmcgee@mit.edu
Jennifer Purdy | Undergraduate Administrator | purdy@mit.edu


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