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Rebecca Copenhaver

Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair

  • Rebecca Copenhaver
    Nina Johnson

J.R. Howard Hall

“There is no difference between teaching or learning philosophy and doing philosophy. Philosophy is always done with and through others. It is a fundamentally communal pursuit.”

During my free time, I like to ride my bike, read science fiction, watch police procedurals, cook, and drink wine with my husband, Greg Bauer, who is a winemaker.

I received my PhD in philosophy from Cornell University in 2002. My research is in Modern Philosophy and Philosophy of Mind. I have published a number of articles on Thomas Reid’s theory of mind, exploring perception, memory, consciousness, and methodology. My main areas of research are perception, and memory with special, attention to modern British theories of mind, including those of Thomas Reid, George Berkeley, and John Locke.

With Brian P. Copenhaver (UCLA), I co-authored From Kant to Croce: Modern Philosophy in Italy, 1800 – 1950 (Toronto).

With Christopher Shields (Notre Dame), I co-edited the six-volume History of the Philosophy of Mind (Routledge).

I am currently writing a book: A Natural Kind of Magic: Thomas Reid’s Science of Mind.

Teaching

Spring 2020 Courses:

PHIL 313: Philosophy of the Mind
TTH 9:40-11:10

The mind-body problem, mental causation,
consciousness, intentionality, the content of
experience, internalism, and externalism about
content, perception.

Prerequisites: PHIL 101. PHIL 250. PHIL 102 or one course in the history of
philosophy sequence (PHIL 301 through PHIL 307) recommended.

Professional Experience

Employment

  • Professor of Philosophy, Lewis & Clark College, 2012 to present
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy, Lewis & Clark College, 2007 - 2012
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Lewis & Clark College, 2001 - 2007

Awards

  • Lorry Lokey Faculty Excellence Award, 2014
  • Teacher of the Year, Pamplin Society of Fellows, 2013
  • Mellon Foundation Faculty Development Seminar, Crime and Punishment in Comparative Perspective, with Paul Powers, Reiko Hillyer, Todd Lochner, Dawn Odell and Cara Tomlinson (Lewis & Clark College), 2012 - 2013
  • Faculty Student Collaborative Research Grant, “Multimodal Perception,” Lewis & Clark College with Bryce Dalbey, Summer 2011
  • Participant, Institute for the History of Philosophy, Vico and the Humanist Tradition, Emory University, June 6 – 17, 2011
  • Visiting Faculty, Colorado Summer Seminar for Undergraduates, 2008
  • Participant, National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar, Aesthetics of the Scottish Enlightenment and Beyond, University of St. Andrews, July 23 – August 10, 2007
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 2004
  • The Graves Award, 2004
  • Participant, National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar, Consciousness and Intentionality,University of California, Santa Cruz, June 24 – August 2, 2002
  • Faculty and Student Collaborative Research Fellowship, with Grant Aaker, Lewis & Clark College, 2002
  • The Reid Project Director’s Prize, 2001
  • Phi Beta Kappa, inducted 1994

Research

Articles

  •  In preparation. With Jay Odenbaugh. “Emotional Perception, Empathetic Knowledge, and Works of Art.”

  •  In preparation. “Memory, in Modern Philosophy.” In Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

  •  Forthcoming. “Thomas Reid on Aesthetic Perception.” In  Thomas Reid on Mind, Knowledge, and Value, edited by Todd Buras and Rebecca Copenhaver.  Mind Occasional Series. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  •  2014. “Berkeley on the Language of Nature and the Objects of Vision.” Res Philosophica 91 ( 1):  29– 46.

  •  2013. “Perception and the Language of Nature.” In The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century, edited by James A. Harris,  107– 127. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  •  2011. “Reid on the Moral Sense.” Canadian Journal of Philosophy  41 (sup 1):  80– 101.

Editorial

  • Thomas Reid on Mind, Knowledge, and Value, edited by Todd Buras and Rebecca Copenhaver.  Mind Occasional Series. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • History of the Philosophy of Mind, 6 volumes, edited by Rebecca Copenhaver and Christopher Shields. London and New York: Routledge.

Academic Credentials

PhD 2001, M.A. 1998 Cornell University, BA 1993 University of California at Santa Cruz 

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Rebecca Copenhaver’s office is located in room 231 of John R. Howard Hall.

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Rebecca Copenhaver Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair

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