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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 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. 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), "A Defense of Holistic Representationalism," Mind & Language.
Berger, J. & Nanay, B. (2017), "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
4420/5520: Philosophy of Mind
4410/5510: Philosophy of Language
4435/5535: Metaphysics
4400/5500: Philosophy of Art
1101: Introduction to Philosophy



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