Eric LaRock

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Eric LaRock

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 751 Mathematics and Science Center
Phone: (248) 370-4902
E-mail: larock@oakland.edu
personal website

Degrees
Ph.D., Saint Louis University

Major Fields

  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Neuroscience (especially consciousness)
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
Peer-Reviewed Publications:
  • Aristotle and Agent-Directed Neuroplasticity. Forthcoming in International Philosophical Quarterly.
  • From Biological Naturalism to Emergent Subject Dualism. Philosophia Christi (special issue: Neuroscience and the Soul), 2013, vol. 15: 97-118. Table of Contents
  • An Empirical Case against Central State Materialism. Philosophia Christi, 2012, vol. 14, pp. 409-428.
  • Cognition and Consciousness: Kantian Affinities with Contemporary Vision Research. Kant-Studien, 2010, vol. 101, pp. 445-464.
  • Philosophical Implications of Awareness During General Anesthesia. In G. A. Mashour (editor),Consciousness, Awareness, and Anesthesia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • Inverse Zombies, Anesthesia Awareness, and the Hard Problem of Unconsciousness (with George Mashour, M.D., Ph.D., University of Michigan). Consciousness and Cognition: An International Journal, 2008, Vol. 17: 1163-1168.
  • Is Consciousness Really a Brain Process? International Philosophical Quarterly, 2008, Vol. 48: pp.201-229.
  • Intrinsic Perspectives, Object Feature Binding, and Visual Consciousness. Theory and Psychology, 2007, Vol. 17: 799-809. (Sage Publications, London, U.K.)
  • Disambiguation, Binding, and the Unity of Visual Consciousness. Theory and Psychology, 2007, Vol. 17: 747-777. (Sage Publications, London, U.K.)
  • Why Neural Synchrony Fails to Explain the Unity of Visual Consciousness. Behavior and Philosophy, 2006, vol. 34: 39-58. (Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies)
  • Cognition and Emotion: Aristotelian Affinities with Contemporary Emotion Research. (with K. Kafetsios, University of Crete, Greece). Theory and Psychology, 2005, vol. 15: pp. 639-657.
  • Against the Functionalist Reading of Aristotle’s Philosophy of Perception and Emotion. International Philosophical Quarterly, 2002, vol. 42: pp. 231-258.
  • Dualistic Interaction, Neural Dependence, and Aquinas’s Composite View. Philosophia Christi, 2001, vol. 3: pp. 459-472.
  • Augustine on Time, Mind, and Personal Identity. Augustinus, 2001, vol. 46, pp. 251-271.

Books in Progress:

  • The Unity of Consciousness and Persons
  • Consciousness, Causation, and Agency: The Rise of Aristotle in Neuroscience

Dissertation Area: Consciousness & Neuroscience

Title: The Unities of Visual Awareness (Saint Louis University, defended July 2005)
Advisor: Dr. George Terzis
Reader: Dr. Michael Barber
External Reader: Dr. Jesse Prinz (UNC Chapel Hill, CUNY)

Papers Presented:

  • Unity of Consciousness, Multidisciplinary Consciousness Symposium, sponsored by Dr. George Mashour’s Multidisciplinary Consciousness Laboratory, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, July 2012.
  • An Aristotelian Approach to Mental Causation, The Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Fordham University (Lincoln Center), New York, October 2011.
  • Consciousness is not a Self-Scanning Mechanism, International Conference on Persons, Sundance Resort, August 2011.
  • How are Synchrony and Suppression Related to Conscious Experience? Toward a Science of Consciousness, Sponsored by the Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona, April 2010.
  • Synchrony and Suppression in Conscious Experience, Models and Simulations III, University of Virginia, March 2009.
  • Neuroscience, Kant, and the Unity of Consciousness. Toward a Science of Consciousness, Sponsored by the Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona, April 2008.
  • "A Kantian Solution to the Problem of Diachronic Object Unity," 9th International Conference on Persons, held at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, July 31-August 4, 2007.
  • "Why Moral Agency is Irreducible to Neural Activity," 14th International Conference on Bioethics, Bioethics Nexus: The Future of Healthcare, Science, and Humanity, July 2007.
  • "Aristotle and the Strong Emergence of Consciousness", De Anima and Its Interpreters, Marquette University, June 2007.
  • "Disambiguation, Binding, and the Unity of Visual Consciousness," Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology (April 2006)
  • "Neural Synchrony, Attention, and Unified Visual Consciousness," Toward a Science of Consciousness, Sponsored by the Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona (April 2006)
  • "Neural Synchrony and Subjectivity in Perceptual Consciousness," Selves, Souls, and Survival, University of San Diego (February 2006)
  • "Why Neural Synchrony Fails to Explain the Unity of Visual Consciousness," Minnesota Philosophical Society Meeting, University of St. Thomas (October 2005)
  • "The Unity of Visual Consciousness," Neurophilosophy: The State of the Art, California Institute of Technology (June 2005)
  • "Why Neural Mechanisms Fail to Explain the Unity of Visual Consciousness," Toward a Science of Consciousness, Sponsored by the Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona (April 2004)
  • "Feature Ambiguity, Binding, and the Self’s Unified Experience," Toward a Science of Consciousness, Sponsored by the Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona (April 2002)
  • "Against the Functionalist Reading of Aristotle’s Philosophy of Emotion," Mephistos Philosophy of Science Conference, University of Notre Dame (April 2001)
  • "Augustine on Time, Mind, and Personal Identity," Franciscan University (October 2000).