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David M. Rosenthal
Position: 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

  • Consciousness and Its Function (Spring 2011)
  • Proseminar (Co-taught with Stephen Neale, Fall 2010)
  • Intentional States (Spring 2010)
  • Subjectivity & Mental Quality (Fall 2009)
  • Quine and Sellars on Thought and Language (Fall 2008, Spring 2006)
  • Consciousness, Function, and Facilitation (Spring 2007)
  • Consciousness, Thought, and Language (Spring 2005)
  • Consciousness, Thought, and Sensation (Spring 2004)
  • Consciousness (Spring 2003)
  • Sensory Qualities and the Self (Fall 2001)
  • Quine and Sellars (Spring 2001)
  • Descartes (Fall 1996)
  • Philosophy of Mind (most years)

Representative Publications

Consciousness and Mind, Oxford: Clarendon Press, forthcoming December 2005.

"Varieties of Higher-Order Theory," in Higher-Order Theories of Consciousness, ed. Rocco J. Gennaro, Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishers, 2004, pp. 17-44.

"Being Conscious of Ourselves," The Monist 87, 2 (April 2004): 159-181.

"Consciousness, Interpretation, and Higher-Order Thought," in Patrizia Giampieri-Deutsch, ed., Psychoanalysis as an Empirical, Interdisciplinary Science: Collected Papers on Contemporary Psychoanalytic Research, Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 2005, pp. 119-142.

"Subjective Character and Reflexive Content," Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 68, 1 (January 2004): 191-198.

"Explaining Consciousness," in Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings, ed. David J. Chalmers, New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, pp. 406-421.

"Consciousness and Metacognition," in Metarepresentation: Proceedings of the Tenth Vancouver Cognitive Science Conference, ed. Daniel Sperber, New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

"A Theory of Consciousness," in The Nature of Consciousness: Philosophical Debates, ed. Ned Block, Owen Flanagan, and Gaven Gazeldere, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 729-753.

"Perceptual and Cognitive Models of Consciousness," Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 45, 3 (Summer 1997): 740-746.

The Nature of Mind, anthology, New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.