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Jacob Berger

Jacob Berger

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Office: LA 250



PhD, Philosophy (2013), The Graduate Center, City University of New York

BA, Philosophy (2005), Swarthmore College


My research is primarily in the philosophy of mind, broadly construed. While most recent work in this area has focused on conscious mental states, many of my projects explore not only the character and content of conscious experience, but also the nature of the unconscious mind. These interests are not unconnected, however: the extent of the unconscious has ramifications for our understanding of consciousness itself. I am additionally fascinated by how insights about the mind can inform inquiry in other domains such as aesthetics and ethics. My methodology is interdisciplinary, regularly engaging experimental results from psychology, neuroscience, and other fields within cognitive science. As I favor a scientific approach, I often collaborate with researchers in philosophy and other disciplines.

I earned my B.A. in philosophy at Swarthmore College in 2005 and my Ph.D. in philosophy at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2013. During the 2013-2014 academic year, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Philosophical Psychology at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. I joined the faculty of Idaho State University in the fall of 2014. Additional information is available at my personal website:


Selected Publications

Berger, J. (forthcoming), "Implicit Attitudes and Awareness," Synthese doi: 10.1007/s11229-018-1754-3.

Berger, J., Nanay, B., & Quilty-Dunn, J. (forthcoming), "Unconscious Perceptual Justification," Inquiry doi: 10.1080/0020174X.2018.1432413.

Berger, J. (2018), "A Defense of Holistic Representationalism," Mind & Language 33(2): 161-176.

Persuh, M., LaRock, E., & Berger, J. (2018), "Working Memory and Consciousness: The Current State of Play," Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 12:78.

Berger, J. (2018), "A Dilemma for the Soul Theory of Personal Identity," International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 83(1): 41-55.

Berger, J. (2017). "How Things Seem to Higher-Order Thought Theorists," Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review 56(3): 503-526. 

Berger, J. & Nanay, B. (2016), "Relationalism and Unconscious Perception," Analysis 76(4): 426-433.

Berger, J. & Alfano, M. (2016), "Virtue, Situationism, and the Cognitive Value of Art," The Monist 99(2): 144-158.

Berger, J. (2015), "The Sensory Content of Perceptual Experience," Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 96(4): 446-468.

Berger, J. (2014), “Consciousness is Not a Property of States: A Reply to Wilberg,” Philosophical Psychology 27(6): 829-842.

Berger, J. (2014), “Mental States, Conscious and Nonconscious,” Philosophy Compass 9(6): 392-401.


Courses Taught

4499/5599; PSYC-4999: Philosophy of Cognitive Science

4435/5535: Metaphysics

4420/5520: Philosophy of Mind

4410/5510: Philosophy of Language

4400/5500: Philosophy of Art

1101: Introduction to Philosophy


Contact Us

(208) 282-2478

(208) 282-4472

Department of English and Philosophy

Liberal Arts Building 262


921 S 8th Ave, Stop 8056
Pocatello, ID 83209-8056