Professor Rocknak's Bio

Professor Rocknak majored in American Studies and Art History and minored in Painting at Colby College. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Boston University. She specializes in David Hume and the philosophy of art. Her work has appeared in a number of journals and books, including Brain and Mind, Hume Studies, The Journal of Scottish Philosophy and The Humean Mind (forthcoming; Routledge). Her recent book, Imagined Causes: Hume's Conception of Objects, was published with Springer; The New Synthese Historical Library, Vol. 71, 2013. For a complete CV, please visit

Rocknak's sculptures have been included in over 60 juried shows, at venues including the Smithsonian, The Grolier Club (NY, NY) and the windows of Saks 5th Ave. in New York City. In 2011, she sculpted a model for Robert Morris, which was digitally enlarged to 9-feet tall, cast in bronze and permanently installed in The Gori Collection, Fattoria di Celle, Pistoia, Italy. The following year, she was selected from a pool of 265 artists to create a bronze statue of Edgar Allan Poe in the city of his birth, Boston, MA. This sculpture was permanently installed in the fall of 2014. Her work has received multiple awards and has been featured/reviewed in over 170 books, magazines, newspapers and blogs, including The New York Times (cover), The Boston Globe (cover), The Huffington Post, The Paris Review, The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement and The Annotated Poe (forthcoming, Harvard U. Press). Her work may be seen at:

Her message to potential students is: "You're in for an intellectual adventure if you take one of my classes-I'll lead you as far as you are willing to go, regardless if you are a philosophy major or are entirely new to the subject. But be prepared to work with me; philosophy is one of the most challenging sports on the venue-it promotes and demands discipline, dedication and tenacity. But for this very reason, the reward is truly great, that much I can promise you."