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David Rosenthal
Position: Professor of Philosophy; Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Concentration in Cognitive Science
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Princeton University; A.B., University of Chicago

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Mind, especially consciousness and intentionality and sensation
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Metaphysics
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • 17th-Century Rationalism

Courses Recently Taught

  • Thought, Speech, and Content (Spring 2017)
  • Consciousness:  Neuroscience and Philosophy (with Professor Ro) (Fall 2016)
  • Quine and Sellars on Thought and Language (Spring 2016)
  • Mental Qualities and Perception (Fall 2015)
  • Intentionality and the Mental (Spring 2015)
  • Proseminar (Fall 2014)
  • Theories of Consciousness (Spring 2014)

Representative Publications
  1. "Quality Spaces, Relocation, and Grain", in Sellars and His Legacy, ed. James R. O'Shea, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016, pp. 149-185.
  2. "Quality Spaces and Sensory Modalities", in The Nature of Phenomenal Qualities: Sense, Perception, and Consciousness, ed. Paul Coates and Sam Coleman, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015, 
  3. "RenĂ© Descartes's Meditations on First Philosophy"Topoi 15, 2 (October 2015): 541-548.
  4. "Higher-Order Awareness, Misrepresentation, and Function"Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 367, 1594 (May 19, 2012): 1424-1438. 
  5. "Awareness and Identification of Self"Consciousness and the Self: New Essays, ed. JeeLoo Liu and John Perry, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012, pp. 22-50. 
  6. "Empirical Support for Higher-Order Theories of Conscious Awareness", with Hakwan Lau, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 15, 8 (August 2011): 365-373.
  7. "How to Think about Mental Qualities"Philosophical Issues: Philosophy of Mind, 20 (October 2010): 368-393.
  8. "Consciousness and Its Function"Neuropsychologia, 46, 3 (2008): 829-840.
  9. "Higher-Order Theories of Consciousness", in Oxford Handbook in the Philosophy of Mind, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2009, pp. 239-252.
  10. "The Mind and Its Expression", in Self, Language, and Thought, ed. Eric M. Rubenstein and James R. O'Shea, Atascadero, California: Ridgeview Publishing Company, 2010, pp. 107-126.