Philip Laughlin

Senior Acquisitions Editor; Cognitive Science, Philosophy, Linguistics, and Bioethics

Philip Laughlin

Since joining the Press in the fall of 2009, Philip has acquired textbooks, trade books, reference works, and scholarly monographs for MIT's philosophy, cognitive science, bioethics, and linguistics lists. He believes the most compelling books are inherently interdisciplinary and loves working with authors — particularly first-time book authors — who attempt to build bridges between the sciences and the humanities. This outlook is reflected in his publications at The MIT Press, which cover topics ranging from consciousness, evolution, language, memory, creativity, and artificial intelligence to art, dreams, free will, madness, morality, religion, time, and death. Phil can be reached at and his Twitter profile is @PhilipLaughlin.


Notable Acquisitions:

Sources of Power, 20th Anniversary Edition: How People Make Decisions by Gary A. Klein, Drawing Physics: 2,600 Years of Discovery From Thales to Higgs by Don S. Lemons, Late-Talking Children: A Symptom or a Stage? by Stephen M. Camarata, The Rationality Quotient: Toward a Test of Rational Thinking by Keith Stanovich, Richard West, and Maggie Toplak, The Philosophy of Language: The Classics Explained by Colin McGinn, Becoming Fluent: How Cognitive Science Can Help Adults Learn a Foreign Language by Richard Roberts and Roger Kreuz, How Things Shape the Mind: A Theory of Material Engagement by Lambros Malafouris, Feeling Beauty: The Neuroscience of Aesthetic Experience by G. Gabrielle Starr


How to Talk to a Science Denier

Lee McIntyre

August 2, 2022

Algorithms Are Not Enough

Herbert L. Roitblat

October 13, 2020

The Evolution of the Sensitive Soul

Simona Ginsburg, Eva Jablonka

March 12, 2019

An Inclusive Academy

Abigail J. Stewart, Virginia Valian

October 11, 2022

The Embodied Mind

Francisco J. Varela, Evan Thompson, Eleanor Rosch, Jon Kabat-Zinn

January 13, 2017

The Ancient Origins of Consciousness

Todd E. Feinberg, Jon M. Mallatt

September 8, 2017

Logic Primer

Colin Allen, Michael Hand

February 15, 2022


Giosuè Baggio

May 10, 2022

Robot Ethics

Mark Coeckelbergh

September 6, 2022

Language vs. Reality

N. J. Enfield

March 29, 2022

How to Stay Smart in a Smart World

Gerd Gigerenzer

August 2, 2022


Frank C. Keil

March 1, 2022

Snapshots of the Mind

Gary Klein

October 18, 2022

Action, Mind, and Brain

David A. Rosenbaum

February 22, 2022

The Evolution of Agency

Michael Tomasello

September 6, 2022

The Secret Life of Literature

Lisa Zunshine

March 15, 2022

Lectures on the Philosophy of Mathematics

Joel David Hamkins

March 9, 2021

From Signal to Symbol

Ronald J. Planer, Kim Sterelny

October 12, 2021