Archive of Author | Rocco Gennaro

Dr. Rocco J. Gennaro is the Philosophy Department Chairperson and a Professor of Philosophy. He received his Ph.D. in 1991 at Syracuse University and had been at Indiana State University in Terre Haute for fourteen years before moving to Southern Indiana in 2009.

Dr. Gennaro’s primary research and teaching interests are in Philosophy of Mind/Cognitive Science (especially consciousness), Metaphysics, Early Modern History of Philosophy, and Applied Ethics.

He has published seven books (as either sole author or editor) and over forty articles and book chapters in these areas. He has most recently published a book entitled The Consciousness Paradox: Consciousness, Concepts, and Higher-Order Thoughts (MIT Press, 2012). For the MIT Press link, click here.

He is currently editing an anthology entitled Disturbed Consciousness: New Essays on Psychopathologies and Theories of Consciousness for MIT Press (forthcoming 2015), a book entitled Consciousness for Routledge Press (forthcoming 2016), and editing an anthology entitled The Routledge Handbook of Consciousness (forthcoming 2017).

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He is also the Philosophy of Mind/Cognitive Science area editor for the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (link here).

MIT Press Book Links:

The Consciousness Paradox: Consciousness, Concepts, and Higher-Order Thoughts (2012)

Disturbed Consciousness: New Essays on Psychopathology and Theories of Consciousness (2015)

Articles with Rocco Gennaro

Higher-Order Thoughts and The Consciousness Paradox

Higher-Order (HO) theories of consciousness have in common the idea that what makes a mental state conscious is that it is the object of some kind of higher-order representation. In this exclusive interview, Rocco Gennaro discusses Higher Order Theories and the Consciousness Paradox, which asks the question – how it is possible to hold a number of seemingly inconsistent views, including higher-order thought (HOT) theory, conceptualism, infant and animal consciousness, concept acquisition, and what he calls the HOT-brain thesis?