Adina L. Roskies

Updated November 2009

Note: Selected papers can be accessed by clicking on hIghlighted titles in “Publications” section.


Department of Philosophy

HB 6035, Thornton Hall

Dartmouth College

Hanover NH, 03755

Office telephone: (603) 646-2112

Email address:


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Ph.D. in Philosophy, 2004.

University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA. 

Ph. D. in Neurosciences & Cognitive Science, 1995.

M.S. in Neuroscience, 1992.

M.A. in Philosophy, 1991.

Yale University, New Haven, CT.

B.A. in Humanities, Distinction in the Major, Summa cum laude. 1988.


Academic Positions:

Dartmouth College:

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy (July 2010 - present).

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy (2004 - 2010).

Director, Master of Arts and Liberal Studies program in Mind and Brain Studies (July 2004-January 2006).

Postdoctoral fellowship:

In cognitive neuroimaging with PET and fMRI, with Dr. Steven E. Petersen and Dr. Marcus E. Raichle, Malinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University Medical School, St. Louis, MO (1995- 1997).

Visiting positions:

Visiting fellow, Tanner Center, University of Utah (January-July 2009).

ARC fellow, Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney (July 2006- September 2007).

Visiting fellow, Australian National University, summer 2004.

Adjunct, Simon Fraser University, Department of Philosophy (September 2000-June 2004).

Other Employment:

Senior Editor, Neuron, Cell Press, Cambridge MA (1997- 1999).


Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Mind


Epistemology, Metaphysics, Ethics


Major awards and fellowships:

Project Fellow, MacArthur Project in Law and Neuroscience. 2007-2010.

NEH collaborative research grant “Free will and moral responsibility: implications of advances in neuroscience” 2008-2010.

Dartmouth Junior Faculty Fellowship, 2009.

Australian Research Council APD fellowship, Sydney University. 2006-8. The William James Prize, awarded by the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, 2002.

Smaller grants and distinctions:

Elected to Sigma Xi, 2008.

DCAL grant to attend Ken Bain’s “Best Teachers Summer Institute,” 2008.

Dickey center travel grant to present paper at international meeting, 2008.

Leslie Humanities Institute Fellowship, (with John Kulvicki), for The Art of Science, January 2005.


Peer-reviewed journal articles:

1.Roskies, A.L. (in press) “Brain-mind and structure-function relationships: A methodological response to ColtheartPhilosophy of Science, 76(5).

2.Roskies, A.L. (forthcoming) “’That’ response won’t work: Against a demonstrative defense of conceptualism” Nous.

3.Roskies, A.L. (forthcoming) “Saving Subtraction: A methodological response to Van Orden and Paap” British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.

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

5.Roskies, A.L. (2008) “Robustness and the new riddle revivedRatio, 21: 218-230.

6.Roskies, A.L. (2008) “A new argument for nonconceptual contentPhilosophy and Phenomenological Research, 76: 633-659.

7.Roskies, A.L. (2008) “Neuroimaging and inferential distanceNeuroethics, 1: 19-30.

8.Roskies, A.L. (2007) “Are neuroimages like photographs of the brain?” Philosophy of Science, 74: 860-872.

9.Roskies, A.L. (2006) “Patients with ventromedial frontal damage have moral beliefsPhilosophical Psychology. 19: 617-627.

10.Roskies, A. L. (2006) “Neuroscientific challenges to free will and responsibilityTrends in Cognitive Sciences, 10: 419-423.

11.Roskies, A.L. (2003) “Are ethical judgments intrinsically motivational? Lessons from acquired sociopathyPhilosophical Psychology, 16: 51-66.

12.Roskies, A.L. (2002) “Neuroethics for the New MilleniumNeuron, 35:21-23.

13.Yates*, P.A., Roskies*, A.L., McLaughlin, T., and D.D.M. O'Leary (2001) "Topographic specific axon branching controlled by ephrin-As is the critical event in retinotectal map development" Journal of Neuroscience, 21: 8548-8563.  (* denotes co-first authorship)

14.Roskies, A.L., Fiez, J.A., Balota, D.A., and S.E. Petersen (2001) “Task-dependent modulation of regions in left inferior frontal cortex during semantic processing” Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 13:1-16.

15.Roskies, A.L., Friedman, G.C., and D.D.M. O'Leary (1995) "Mechanisms and molecules controlling the development of retinal maps" Perspectives in Developmental Neurobiology, 3: 63-75.

16.Roskies, A.L. and D.D.M. O'Leary (1994) "Control of topographic retinal axon branching by inhibitory membrane-bound molecules" Science, 265: 799-803.

17.Simon, D.K., Roskies A.L. and D.D.M. O'Leary (1994) "Plasticity in the development of topographic order in the mammalian retinocollicular projection" Developmental Biology, 162: 384-393.

18.Roskies, A.L. (1994) "Mapping memory with positron emission tomography" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA  91: 1989-1991.

Book chapters and solicited journal articles. Many of these are peer-reviewed:

1.Roskies, A.L. (forthcoming) “How does neuroscience affect our understanding of volition?” Annual Review of Neuroscience.

2.Roskies, A.L. (forthcoming) “Freedom, neural mechanism, and consciousness” In Free Will and Consciousness: How They Could Work, Baumeister, R. F., Mele, A. and K.D. Vohs, (eds.) Oxford University Press.

3.Roskies, A.L. (forthcoming) “Why Libet’s studies don’t pose a threat to free will” In Conscious Will and Responsibility, Sinnott-Armstrong, W. and L. Nadel (eds.).

4.Roskies, A.L. (under review) “Is seeing believing: Neuroimaging and the importance of pedagogy” In The Educated Eye: Visual Culture, Learning, and the Life Sciences, Anderson, N. and M. R. Dietrich (eds.).

5.Roskies, A.L. (forthcoming) “Neuroimaging and inferential distance: The perils of pictures” In Foundations of Functional Neuroimaging, Bunzl, M. and S. Hansen (eds.) MIT Press.

6.Schroeder, T., Roskies A.L, and S. Nichols (forthcoming) “Moral motivation” In The Moral Psychology Handbook, Doris, J. and S. Stich (eds.) Oxford University Press.

7.Roskies, A.L. (2009) “What’s Neu in Neuroethics” In The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Neuroscience, Bickle, J. (ed.) Oxford University Press: 454-470.

8.Sinnott-Armstrong, W., Roskies, A.L., Brown T. and E. Murphy (2008) “Brain images as legal evidenceEpisteme: A Journal of Social Epistemology, 5: 359-373.

9.Gold, I. and A.L. Roskies (2008) “Philosophy of neuroscience” In Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Biology, Ruse, M. (ed.) Oxford University Press: 349-380.

10.Roskies, A.L. (2007) “Neuroethics beyond genethics”, EMBO reports 8, S1, S52–S56.

11.Roskies, A.L. (2007) “Internalism and the evidence from pathology” In Moral Psychology, vol 3: The neuroscience of morality, Sinnott-Armstrong, W. (ed.), MIT Press. 191-206.

12.Roskies, A.L. (2005) "A case study in neuroethics: The nature of moral judgment" In Neuroethics: Defining the Issues in Research, Practice, and Policy. Illes, J. (ed.) Oxford University Press. 17-32.

13.Roskies, A.L. (2005) “We are Borg Biology and Philosophy, 20: 611-622.

14.Roskies, A.L. (2004) “Everyday Neuromorality” Cerebrum, 6: 58-65.

15.Roskies, A.L. (2003) “Neuroimaging della funzione cognitiva” In Storia della Scienza, Petruccioli, S. (ed.) Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana, Roma. V. IX, pp.709-722.

16.Roskies, A.L. and S.E. Petersen (2001) “Visualizing human brain function” In Frontiers of Life, vol III: The Intelligent Systems, Part One: The Brain of Homo Sapiens, Bizzi, E., P. Calissano, V. Volterra (eds.) Academic Press: 87-109.

17.Roskies, A.L. (1999) "Introduction to the binding problem" Neuron, 24:7-9.

18.Roskies, A.L. and S.E. Petersen (1999) “Visualizzare il funzionamento del cervello” In Frontiere della vita. Vol III, I sistemi intelligenti, Bizzi, E., P. Calissano, V. Volterra (eds.) Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana: 75-96.

19.Roskies, A.L. and C.C. Wood (1992) "A Parliament of the Mind" The Sciences, May/June: 44-50.

Short Publications:

1.Roskies, A.L., and W. Sinnott-Armstrong (2008) "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Thinking about Morality" In Lehrer, J. (ed.) Scientific American Mind.

2.Roskies, A.L. (2008) “A neuroscientific challenge to free will and responsibility?” Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 12: 4.

3. Roskies, A.L. (2007) “The illusion of personhood” The American Journal of Bioethics: Neuroscience. 7: 55-57.

4. Roskies, A.L. (2006) “Patricia Kitcher” Macmillan Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Borchert, D. (ed.) vol. 5, 2nd edition. Macmillan Reference USA: 76-77.

5.Roskies, A.L. (1998) "Dissecting semaphorin signalling" Neuron, 21: 935-936.

6.Roskies, A.L. and C.C. Wood (1992) "Cinema 1-2-Many of the Mind" Behavioral and Brain Sciences, June: 221-223.

7. Roskies, A.L. (1990) "Seeing truth or just seeming true?" Behavioral and Brain Sciences, December: 682-683.

Book Reviews:

1.Roskies, A.L. (2006) “What is it like to speed date?” Review of Conversations on Consciousness by S. Blakemore, Nature, 349: 394-395.

2.Roskies, A.L. (2001) “Yes, but am I free?” Review of Neurophilosophy of Free Will by H. Walter, Nature Neuroscience, 4: 1161.

3.Roskies, A.L. (1998) Review of The Myth of Neuropsychology by D. Mender, Philosophical Psychology, 11: 553-556.

4.Roskies, A.L. (1996) Review of Memory in the Cerebral Cortex: An empirical approach to neural networks in the human and nonhuman primate by J. Fuster. Philosophical Psychology,  9: 549-552.


1.Miezin, F.M, Roskies, A.L., Akbudak, E., Ollinger, J.M., Conturo, T.E., Raichle, M.E., and Petersen, S.E. (1997) “Characterization of magnitude and spread of fMRI response in V1 to discrete visual stimulus” Soc. Neurosci. Abstr., 23: 1029.

2.Roskies, A.L., Fiez, J.A., Balota, D.A., Ojemann, J.G., Raichle, M.E., and S.E. Petersen (1996) "PET studies of semantic analysis"  Soc. Neurosci. Abstr., 22: 1110.

3.Roskies, A.L. and D.D.M. O'Leary (1994)  "Chick retinal axons branch preferentially on membrane stripes derived from topographically appropriate tectum"  Soc. Neurosci. Abstr.¸ 20: 1085.

4.Roskies, A.L. and D.D.M. O'Leary (1993)  "Topographic specificity in retinal axon branching is controlled by a repulsive membrane associated molecule"  Soc. Neurosci. Abstr. 19: 237.

5.Roskies, A.L. and D.D.M. O'Leary (1992) "Quantitative analysis of topographic targeting of retinal axons in developing rat superior colliculus"  Soc. Neurosci. Abstr. 18:222.

6.Roskies, A., B. Armstrong, D.G. Amaral and T.J. Sejnowski (1990) "A Neuroanatomical Model of Intrinsic Hippocampal Projections, " Soc. Neurosci. Abstr. 16:121.

7.Buzsaki, G., A. Smith, A.L. Roskies, L.J. Fisher, and F.H. Gage (1989) "Parkinsonian Tremor and Petit Mal Epilepsy: Common Mechanisms," Soc. Neurosci. Abstr. 15:125.

8.Buzsaki, G., A.L. Roskies, L.J. Fisher, and F.H. Gage  (1989) "Extrapyramidal Control of Neocortical Spike and Wave Activity," Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society, 1989.

Book projects:

Afloat in Neurath’s Boat: The Philosophy of Science of Neuroimaging

A philosophical exploration of the technology, foundations, epistemological and ethical issues surrounding functional brain imaging. Draft in progress.

Primer on Law and Neuroscience for judges and lawyers, co-edited with Walter Sinnott-Armstrong. Sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation. A draft should be completed by January 2010.


1.New York State Judicial Institute Judicial Seminars, Tarrytown, NY. August 2009.

“Neuroscience and the law: Brain basics and applications”

2.New York State Judicial Institute Judicial Seminars, Syracuse, NY. July 2009.

“Neuroscience and the law: Brain basics and applications”

3.National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on Experimental Philosophy, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. July 2009.

Workshop on decision and freedom.

4.Current Legal Issues Colloquium on Law and Neuroscience, University College London, London England. July 2009.

“Brain images as legal evidence.”

5.National Judicial College, neuroscience for federal judges, Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN. June 2009.

“Neuroscience and the law: Brain basics and applications”

6.Bicocca University, Milan Italy, June 2009.

“What is neuroethics?”

7.University of Oslo, Norway, June 2009.

“Beyond freedom and resentment: Causation and the atypical perpetrator”

8.Florida Advanced Judicial Studies, Sanibel FL, June 2009.

One day seminar on law and the brain.

9.Gruter Institute Annual Meeting, Squaw Valley CA, May 2009.

“How not to approach the question of free will in science and the law.”

10.Ponitifical University of the Holy Cross, School of Philosophy, Rome Italy, April 2009.

“What is the role of empathy in moral behavior?”

11.Federal Judicial Center, Seminar on Law and Neuroscience, New York City, March 2009

“Neuroscience and the law: Brain basics and free will.”

“Brain images as legal evidence.”

12.Maricopa State Judges, Phoenix AZ, March 2009

“Neuroscience and the law: Brain basics and free will.”

“Brain images as legal evidence.”

13.Bodian seminar, the Mind-Brain Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD, February 2009

“Freedom despite mechanism.”

14.University of Illinois, Chicago, Chicago Illinois, January 2009.

“Localization and Ontology: Afloat in Neurath’s Boat”

15.Hastings Center Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, January 2009.

“Localization and Ontology: Afloat in Neurath’s Boat”

16.Moral Psychology Workshop, Princeton University, November 2008.

“Is empathy required for morality?”

17.Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting, Washington DC, November 2008.

“Neurons, mechanism, and freedom of the will”

18.Philosophy of Science Association, Pittsburgh, PA. November 2008.

“Brain-Mind and Structure-Function Relationships: A response to the Ultraneuropsychologist”

19.Lecture to state judges, September 2008. Minary Center.

“Neuroscience and the law: Brain basics and free will.”

“Brain images as legal evidence.”

20.Annual summer interdisciplinary Conference, Brenta, Italy, July 2008.

“What can neuroscience tell us about free will?”

21.Federal Judicial Center, talks to Federal Judges, June 2008, Stanford, CA.

“Neuroscience and the law”

22.District of Columbia Judges, May 2008

“Neuroscience and the law: Brain basics and free will.”

23.University of Cincinnatti, May 2008.

“Neurophilosophy of free will.”

24.Neukom Institute Conference, The Human Algorithm, Dartmouth College, Hanover NH, May 2008.

“Free will – Uniquely human?”

25.Templeton Foundation meeting, Free will and Consciousness, Amelia Island, FL. April 2008.

“Freedom, neural mechanism, and consciousness.”

26.Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, Tucson AZ. April 2008.

“What do Libet’s experiments tell us about free will?”

27.Pacific APA Symposium on Moral Psychology, Pasadena CA, March 2008

“Moral cognition and brain science.”

28.Annual Interdisciplinary Conference, Jackson WY, February 2008.

“Folk intuitions on freedom and moral responsibility.”

29.Technical University, Workshop on the Ethics of Neuroimaging, Delft, Netherlands, October 2007.

“The illusion of Proximity: Neuroimaging and Inferential Distance.”

30.Indiana University, Agency and Responsibility Conference, September 2007.

“Freedom and Neuroscience.”

31.RSSS philosophy, Australian National University, Conference: Experimental Philosophy meets Conceptual Analysis, Canberra, Australia, July 2007.

“Experimental(ly-informed) Philosophy: Lessons from acquired sociopathy.”

32.Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland, May 2007.

“Decision-making and freedom.”

33.Philosophy department, University of Queensland, May 2007.

“Bringing moral responsibility down to earth.”

34.Mind group, meeting on Neuroethics. Frankfurt, Germany, May 2007

“The illusion of proximity”

“Freedom despite mechanism.”

35.Understanding Minds and Moral Agency, Holy Cross, Worcester MA, April 2007.

“Perceiving persons and the problem of other minds.”

36. RSSS philosophy, Australian National University, Philsoc lecture, Canberra, Australia, February 2007.

“Bringing moral responsibility down to earth.”

37.EMBO/EMBL, Science and Society meeting: Genes, mind, brain, behavior. Heidelberg, Germany. November 2006.

“Neuroethics beyond genethics.”

38.University of Utah, Workshop on moral psychology, February 2006.

“The illusion of proximity.”

39.AAAS and Arizona State University Law School, Forbidden Science, Phoenix AZ, January 2006.

“Cognitive enhancement.”

40.AAAS and The Library of Congress, Hard Science – Hard Choices: Facts, ethics, and policies guiding brain science today, Washington D.C., May 2005.

“Decision and the brain.”

41.AAAS and MIT, The Brain and Us – Neuroethics, Responsibility, and the Self. Boston MA, April 2005.

Workshop leader.

42.Neural Information Processing Systems, Workshop: Free will and decision-making. Vancouver, BC, Canada. December 2005.

“Neuroethics and freedom of the will.”

43.McDonnell Project Meeting, Neurophilosophy, The State of the Art, Pasadena CA June 2005.

“Neuroethics: The state of the art.”

44.Center for Bioethics, Neuroethics Workshop, Stanford University, April 2005. Discussant.

45.RSSS philosophy, Australian National University, Philsoc lecture, Canberra, Australia. August 2004.

“’That’ response won’t work: Against a demonstrative defense of conceptualism.”

46.Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Barcelona, Spain, July 2004.

“’That’ response won’t work: Against a demonstrative defense of conceptualism.”

47.American Neuropsychological Association, After-lunch speaker at the annual meeting. February 2004.

“Neuroethics for neuropsychiatry.”

48.Australasian Society for Cognitive Science, Sydney Australia. July 2003.

“A new argument for nonconceptual content.”

49.Australasian Association of Philosophy, Adelaide, Australia, July 2003.

“A defense of animal thought.”

50.University of Berlin, Keynote Lecture for program in Medical Neurosciences, Berlin, Germany. October 2002.


51.Society for Philosophy and Psychology, June 2002.

“Are moral judgments intrinsically motivational? Lessons from acquired sociopathy.”

52.Committee on History and Philosophy of Science, University of Maryland, College Park, colloquium speaker, March 2002.

“Are moral judgments intrinsically motivational? Lessons from acquired sociopathy.”

53.Pacific Division APA, March 2002.

“Are moral judgments intrinsically motivational? Lessons from acquired sociopathy.”

54.Annual Interdisciplinary Conference, February 2002.

“PET studies of semantic processing.”

55.MIT, IAP talk series, January 2002.

“The problem of other minds.”

56.Vienna International Summer University, Vienna, Austria, July 2001.

“Are moral judgments intrinsically motivational? Lessons from acquired sociopathy.”

57.Memory and Narrative Conference, LSU, October 2001.

“Memory and narrative.”

58.Harvard Careers Forum, April 1998. Speaker on scientific editing.

59.MIT, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, February 1997.

“PET studies of semantic processing.”


Courses taught at Dartmouth College:

For Philosophy:

PHIL 1: Problems in Philosophy (summer 2006, Fall 2008)

PHIL 3: Reason and Argument (Fall 2004, Fall 2005)

PHIL 7: First-year seminar (Spring, 2006)

PHIL 27: Philosophy of Science (Winter, 2005; Fall 2005; Fall 2007)

PHIL 30: Theory of Knowledge (Spring 2008, Fall 2008)

PHIL 35: Philosophy of Mind (Fall 2007)

PHIL 50: Philosophy of Cognitive Science (Spring 2008)

PHIL FSP: Evolution and its Challenges (Fall 2009)

For the Master of Arts and Liberal Studies Program:

The Philosophy and Psychology of the Self (Fall 2004)

Concepts and Conceptual Development (Spring 2005)

Introduction to Cognitive Science (Winter, 2006)

Other Instruction at Dartmouth College:

Independent study, Scott Limbird, Spring 2008.

Independent Study, Jim Finney, Summer 2006.

Independent Study, Alexis Mourenoz, MALS, Summer 2006.

Independent Study, Nathan Clarke, winter 2006.

Presidential Scholar mentor for Nathan Clarke, fall 2005.


Service to Dartmouth:

Steering committee, Linguistics and Cognitive Science program, 2006-present.

First-year-student Advisor, 2004-2006, 2007-2008.

Honors thesis reader, Michael Milne, Spring 2008.

Masters Thesis reader for Alexis Mourenoz, MALS 2007.

Masters Thesis reader for Craig Tiede, MALS, 2005-6.

Faculty advisor for Dartmouth Women’s Volleyball team, 2004-present.

Developed curriculum for MALS concentration in Cognitive Science; Proposal for MALS concentration in Cognitive Science, passed March 2005.

Admissions Committee, MALS, 2005.

Service to the profession:

Editorial board membership:

Philosophy Compass, Blackwell, 2006-present;

Neuroethics, Springer, 2007-present.

Programme committees:

Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting, 2009-2010

McDonnell Project Workshop and Conference on Neurophilosophy, The State of the Art, Caltech, June 2005.

Programme review committee for Society for Philosophy and Psychology Annual Meeting, 2006, 2009.

Reviewer of journal articles for:

American Philosophical Quarterly

Biology and Philosophy


Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy

Nature Neuroscience

Neuroscience Imaging


Philosophical Explorations

Philosophical Psychology

Philosophy Compass

Philosophy of Science

Trends in Cognitive Sciences

Reviewer of book proposals:

Oxford University Press

MIT Press

Polity Press.

International grant reviews:

Council for the Humanities of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research,

Research Council of Norway

The Welcome Foundation.