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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 metasemantics, the nature of natural language, and the metaphysics of speech and words.

In November 2020, I'll be running a Massive Open Online Course on the philosophy of mind, MITx's Minds and Machines.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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


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

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]
P. F. Strawson and Gareth Evans on truth (colourized, improved audio)
Foster on sustainment
David Lewis autocitation network (with Benj Hellie)