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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Philosophy curricula

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: AC-0579

Scope and Contents

The collection contains an account of the first five years of philosophy courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), from 1872-1877. The contents of the report are divided as: A. History of Operations; B. Theses by Graduates, 1876; C. Work By Advanced Special Students, 1876-1877.


  • 1877


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Historical Note

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) created a Course in philosophy in 1872 in response to a growing number of students who wished to take courses that were not part of the “professional” curriculum. Prior to 1872, the Institute offered courses in literature (English and foreign), history, logic, and the philosophy of science; the addition of philosophy involved expanding the responsibilities of the professor of logic and the philosophy of science. A four-year course of study was offered. In the first year students were required to take courses that were pursued by all first year students at the Institute. The remaining three years incorporated courses related to the history and criticism of modern philosophy.

Philosophy was part of the Department of Humanities until 1964, at which time it broke off and became its own Department. In 1976, the curriculum in linguistics became part of the Department of Philosophy, making it the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy.


0.2 Cubic Feet (1 half manuscript box)

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  • 2021 September 13: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.

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