Adina L. Roskies


Professor of Philosophy
Chair, Cognitive Science Program

Adina Roskies is a professor of philosophy at Dartmouth College. Her career spans both philosophy and the neurosciences. At the University of California, San Diego she concurrently earned an M.A. in Philosophy and an M.S. in Neuroscience, and received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science in 1995. Adina went on to do a postdoctoral fellowship in cognitive neuroimaging at Washington University with Steven Petersen and Marcus Raichle, using both positron emission tomography (PET), and the then newly developing technique of functional MRI. Following her postdoc, Dr. Roskies became Senior Editor of the neuroscience journal Neuron, a position she held from 1997-1999.

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In 1999 Dr. Roskies returned to graduate school at MIT to pursue a second Ph.D. in philosophy, which she completed in 2004. Her philosophical research interests lie at the intersection of philosophy and neuroscience, and include philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and ethics. She was a member of the McDonnell Project in Neurophilosophy, a working group aiming to integrate philosophical thought with neurobiological research. She has published many articles in both philosophy and the neurosciences, among which are several devoted to exploring and articulating issues in neuroethics. Recent awards include the William James Prize and the Stanton Prize, awarded by the Society of Philosophy and Psychology, a Mellon New Directions Fellowship to pursue her interest in neurolaw, and the Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellowship from the Princeton University Center for Human Values. She has an M.S.L. from Yale Law School, was a member of the MacArthur Law and Neuroscience Project, and is coeditor of a primer for judges and lawyers on Law and Neuroscience.

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303 Thornton Hall
HB 6035
Center for Social Brain Sciences
Cognitive Science
Psychological and Brain Sciences
B.A. Yale University
M.A. University of California at San Diego
M.S. University of California at San Diego
Ph.D. University of California at San Diego
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.S.L. Yale Law School

Selected Publications

Morse, S.J. and A. L. Roskies (2013) A Primer on Criminal Law and Neuroscience. Oxford University Press: New York. 

Roskies, A.L. (2012) “Don’t panic: On being a causa sui” Philosophical Perspectives, 26:323-342.

Roskies, A.L. (2010) “’That’ response won’t work: Against a demonstrative defense of conceptualism” Nous, 44: 112-134.

Roskies, A.L. (2010) “Saving Subtraction: A reply to Van Orden and Paap” British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 61:635-665.

Roskies, A.L. and S. Nichols (2008) “Bringing moral responsibility down to earth” Journal of Philosophy, 105: 371-388.

Roskies, A.L. “Are ethical judgments intrinsically motivational? Lessons from acquired sociopathy,” Philosophical Psychology , 16 (2003) 51-66.

Roskies, A.L. “Neuroethics for the New Millenium,” Neuron , 35 (2002) 21-23.

Works in progress

Neuroethics and freedom of the will; a philosophical analysis of neuroimaging; concepts and nonconceptual content; moral psychology and motivation