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David Rosenthal
Position: Professor of Philosophy; Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Concentration in Cognitive Science; Professor of Linguistics; Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Office Hours: By appointment (email)
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Princeton University; A.B., University of Chicago
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Research Interests

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

Courses Recently Taught

  • Quine and Sellars on Thought and Language (Spring 2021)
  • Thought, Speech, and Content (Spring 2020)
  • Consciousness (Fall 2019)
  • Perception and the Hard Problem (Fall 2018)
  • Intentionality and the Mental (Spring 2015)
  • Mental Qualities (Fall 2015)
  • Theories of Consciousness (Spring 2014)
  • Descartes (Fall 2012)

Representative Publications

  1. "There's Nothing about Mary", forthcoming in Classic Arguments: The Knowledge Argument, ed. Sam Coleman, Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press.
  2. "Consciousness and Confidence"Neuropsychologia, in press.
  3. "Seeming to Seem", in The Philosophy of Daniel Dennett, ed. Bryce Huebner, New York:  Oxford University Press, 2018, pp. 133-164.
  4. "Quality Spaces, Relocation, and Grain", in Sellars and His Legacy, ed. James R. O'Shea, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016, pp. 149-185.
  5. "René Descartes's Meditations on First Philosophy"Topoi 15, 2 (October 2015): 541-548.
  6. "Higher-Order Awareness, Misrepresentation, and Function"Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 367, 1594 (May 19, 2012): 1424-1438. 
  7. "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. 
  8. "Empirical Support for Higher-Order Theories of Conscious Awareness", with Hakwan Lau, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 15, 8 (August 2011): 365-373.
  9. "How to Think about Mental Qualities"Philosophical Issues: Philosophy of Mind, 20 (October 2010): 368-393.
  10. "Consciousness and Its Function"Neuropsychologia, 46, 3 (2008): 829-840.

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

  • President, Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC), 2008.
  • Visiting Professor, Nihon University, Tokyo, May 2008.
  • Visiting Faculty, University of Oxford, June 2003, October 1998, August-September 1996.
  • Visiting Fellow, Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg (Universität Bremen), July 1998.
  • Resident Fellow, Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Universität Bielefeld, 1989-1990