The Self

David Balcarras

I'm a Lecturer in philosophy and a Digital Learning Lab Fellow at MIT, where I got my PhD in September 2020. I work on the philosophy of language and mind, metaphysics, and the philosophy of science, with current projects on metasemantics and the foundations of linguistics.

I also work on natural language semantics (neo-Davidsonian event semantics), and on questions in the history of analytic philosophy, the philosophy of sociology, and action theory.

For Fall 2021, I'm teaching Topics in the Philosophy of Science, with a focus on philosophical challenges to scientific realism.

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Present

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lecturer in Philosophy in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
Fellow in the MITx Digital Learning Lab
Past

Education

PhD in Philosophy, MIT (2020)
MA in Philosophy, University of Toronto (2014)
BA (Hons) in Philosophy, University of Toronto Scarborough (2013)
Papers

In Progress

for drafts of:
[A paper on what it is to have a language]
[A paper on whether we tacitly know a compositional semantics for our language]
[A paper on what it might be to tacitly know a grammar]
[A paper on the metaphysics of speech]
[A paper on adverbs of quantification]
[A paper on static versus dynamic theories of meaning]
[A paper on the 'meaning without use' problem]
Pieces
Foster on sustainment
David Lewis autocitation network (with Benj Hellie)
Assorted philosophy audiovisuals