Jacob Berger

Jacob Berger


B.A., Swarthmore College

M.A., City University of New York

Ph.D., City University of New

Contact Information:

(570) 321-4207
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Philosophy: Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Jacob Berger joins Lycoming College after teaching for five years in the department of English and philosophy at Idaho State University. Berger earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy at Swarthmore College in 2005 and his doctoral degree in philosophy at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2013. During the 2013-2014 academic year, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Philosophical Psychology at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. 

Berger’s research is primarily in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science. Broadly speaking, how the mind works. In particular, his research investigates how perception represents the world around us. Berger’s work also explores the nature of consciousness and the kinds of mentality that can occur outside of consciousness. Additionally, Berger is fascinated by how insights about the mind can inform inquiry in other domains such as aesthetics and ethics. Berger’s methodology is interdisciplinary, regularly engaging experimental results from psychology, neuroscience, and other fields within cognitive science. Though he favors a scientific approach, he often collaborates with researchers in philosophy and other disciplines. 

Selected recent publications:

"On Skepticism about Unconscious Perception," (forthcoming), Journal of Consciousness Studies (with Myrto Mylopoulos)
"Implicit Attitudes and Awareness," (forthcoming), Synthese doi: 10.1007/s11229-018-1754-3.
"A Defense of Holistic Representationalism," (2018), Mind & Language 33(2): 161-176.

"Working Memory and Consciousness: The Current State of Play," (2018), Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 12:78 (with Marjan Persuh & Eric LaRock).

"How Things Seem to Higher-Order Thought Theorists," (2017), Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review 56(3): 503-526.
"Relationalism and Unconscious Perception," (2016), Analysis 76(4): 426-433 (with Bence Nanay).

"Virtue, Situationism, and the Cognitive Value of Art,"  (2016), The Monist 99(2): 144-158 (with Mark Alfano).