Stefanie Rocknak
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Areas of Expertise

History of Modern Philosophy; Hume, Contemporary Philosophy; Analytic Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Aesthetics, Epistemology

Ph.D., Boston University

Stefanie Rocknak

Professor and Chair of Philosophy & Cognitive Science Program Coordinator

Recent courses taught:

  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Art
  • The Hunt for Protagoras: Relativism
  • Logic
  • History of Early Modern Philosophy
  • Contemporary Art Theory

Selected Distinctions (awards, fellowships grants):

  • Finalist: Basketball Hall of Fame Coin Design Competition, United States Mint, 2019
  • 7.5K Alex J. Ettl Grant, National Sculpture Society, NY, NY, 2019
  • Finalist; 25K honorarium, National Native American Veterans Memorial, National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian, Washington, DC), 2018.
  • 10K Grant by the Lynch Foundation, for the completion of “Poe Returning to Boston,” Boston, MA; application compiled and submitted by the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston, Inc., awarded in 2014.
  • Teacher-Scholar Award; given annually to a faculty member who enhances teaching through scholarship, research, or creative work, Hartwick College, 2014.
  • 2K Grant awarded from the Poe Studies Foundation for the completion of “Poe Returning to Boston,” Boston, MA; application compiled and submitted by the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston, awarded in 2013.
  • 75K Grant awarded by the Edward Ingersoll Brown Fund for the completion of “Poe Returning to Boston,” Boston, MA; application compiled and submitted by the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston, Inc., awarded in 2013.
  • 2K Grant awarded by the Hildreth Stewart Foundation for the completion of “Poe Returning to Boston,” Boston, MA; application compiled and submitted by the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston, Inc., awarded in 2013.
  • 25K Grant awarded by Highland Street Foundation, for the completion of “Poe Returning to Boston,” Boston, MA; application compiled and submitted by the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston, Inc., awarded in 2012.
  • 225K Commission (which covered all fabrication/installation costs), Edgar Allan Poe Sculpture, Boston, MA, 2012
  • Merit Award, Art Kudos International Competition and Exhibition. Juried by David Cohen, 2012.
  • 10K Grand Prize, Margo Harris Hammerschlag Biennial Sculpture Award, National Association of Women Artists. Juried by Eve Ingalls, Elaine Lorenz and Mary Ellen Scherl, 2011
  • 2.5K First Prize in the Sculpture Category, 2010-11 ARC Salon, juried by Vern. G. Swanson, Peter Trippi, Fred Ross and Michael John Angel.
  • Wandersee Research Grant, Hartwick College, 2006 (40% course reduction load and 5K travel grant)
  • DAAD Research Fellowship: University of Osnabrück, Germany; October 1998 – July 1999. Project: A close examination of Heidegger’s thought, providing the basis for an interpretation of the productive imagination in Kant’s First Critique. Directed by Heribert Boeder
  • Research Fellowship: Institut für die Wissenschaft vom Menschen, Vienna, Austria; January – June 1997

Selected publications:

  • “Response to my Critics; The Sydney Sessions” Book Issue of Hume Studies (Imagined Causes; reviews by Don Garrett, Don Baxter, Jennifer Marusic and my response) (forthcoming 2021)
  • “Regularity and certainty in Hume’s treatise: a Humean response to Husserl,” Humeanisms, Synthese (2020 online, print forthcoming 2021)
  • Review of Tamás Demeter. David Hume and the Culture of Scottish Newtonianism: Methodology and Ideology in Enlightenment Inquiry, Isis, A Journal of the History of Science, Vol. 110, #1 (2019): 163-164
  • “Hume and the External World” in The Humean Mind, eds A. Coventry and A. Sager (Routledge, 2018, pp. 124-136)
  • Review Essay of Hume’s Epistemology in the Treatise: A Veritistic Interpretation, by F. Schmitt; Oxford U. Press, 2014, The Journal of Scottish Philosophy, Vol. 13, #2 (2015): 152-158
  • Review of Beauty Unlimited, ed. P. Brand; Indiana U. Press, 2013, American Philosophical Association Newsletter 15, 1 (2015) 14-16.
  • “Constancy and Coherence in 1.4.2 of Hume’s Treatise: The Root of ‘Indirect’ Causation and Hume’s Position on Objects,” Special Edition of the European Legacy, commemorating the 300th anniversary of the birth of David Hume, ed. S. Tweyman. Routledge. Vol. 18 #4 (2013): 444-456
  • Imagined Causes: Hume’s Conception of Objects, The New Synthese Historical Library, Dordrecht: Springer, 2013
  • “Quine” Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2013
  • “Hume’s Negative Account of Induction,” Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy, eds. M. Bruce, S. Barbone (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011: Malden, MA, pp. 176-79).
  • “Understanding Quine in Terms of the Aufbau: Another Look at Naturalized Epistemology” in Beyond Description: Naturalism and Normativity, eds. Marcin Milkowski and Konrad Talmud-Kaminski, Texts in Philosophy (College Publications, 2010, Vol. 13, pp. 195-210).
  • “Reply to Monica Stival’s ‘Space and Time in Hume’s Philosophy,'” Naturalism and Hume’s Philosophy: Proceedings of the 36th Hume Society Conference (2009): 73-75.
  • “Pam and Jim on the Make; The Epistemology of Self-Deception” The Office and Philosophy, The Blackwell Philosophy and Popular Culture Series (Blackwell: Malden, MA, 2008, pp. 66-77).
  • “The Vulgar Conception of Objects in ‘Of Skepticism with regard to the Senses,'” Hume Studies 33 #1 (2007): 67-90.
  • “Reply to Georges’ Dicker’s ‘Hume on the Intermittent Existence of the Objects of the Senses,'” Proceedings of the 153rd Creighton Club Meeting, The Creighton Club: New York State Philosophical Association (2007).
  • “Hume’s Reality: A Lesson in Causality” Proceedings Metaphysics 2003, Second World Conference, Rome, July 2-5 2003, ed. David G. Murray. Fondazione Idente di Studi e di Ricerca, Vol. 1 (2006) 399-404.
  • “Facing Death; The Desperate at its Most Beautiful.” Phenomenological Inquiry, A Review of Philosophical Ideas and Trends, Vol. 29 (2005) 71-101.
  • “Husserl’s Phenomenologization of Hume; Reflections on Husserl’s Method of Epoché,” Philosophy Today (SPEP Supplement). Vol. 45, No. 5 (2002) 28-36.
  • “A Tradition Ignored: A Review Essay of John Symon’s On Dennett,” Brain and Mind: A Transdisciplinary Journal of Neuroscience and Neurophilosophy. Kluwer Academic Publishers; 2 #3 (2002) 343-358.
  • Review of John Symon’s On Dennett. Connecticut College Alumni Magazine, Spring (2001): 66.
  • Review of Pierre Kerszberg’s Critique and Totality. Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, New School for Social Research, 22 #1 (2000): 343-347.
  • “The Synthetic Relation in Hume,” The Dialectic of the Universal and the Particular, ed. by Jonathan Hanen, Institüt für die Wissenshaften vom Menschen; Junior Fellows Conferences, 4 (1999): 121-165.
  • Translation from German to English: “Robinson in the Heart of Europe; Jan Patocka Twenty Years Later” by Ludger Hagedorn. Institüt für die Wissenshaften vom Menschen Newsletter, 57, March-June (1997): 33-36.

Selected features/reviews of work:

  • “Eleven Urban Oddities to Discover on Your Next Walk Around Boston,” by Scott Kearnan, Boston Magazine, May 11, 2020
  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide, New England (New York: Penguin Random House, 2019, p. 89)
  • “Hiding on Boston Common since the 19th century: The tell-tale face of Edgar Allan Poe,” By Paul Lewis, Boston Globe, December 26, 2019
  • Fine Art Connoisseur, Vol 16, #3, June 2019, p. 118
  • Fine Art Connoisseur, Vol 16, #2, April, 2019, p.33
  • Poe and Place, ed. Philip Philips (Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, p. 5, 22, 23, 37)
  • Working Reclaimed Wood, by Yoav Liberman (Popular Woodworking Books, 2018, pp. 98-87)
  • (Cover) Edgar Allan Poe across Disciplines, Genres and Languages, Editor(s): Linda Barone, Alfonso Amendola (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018)
  • Dismal Swamp and the American Renaissance: Poe and the Legacy of the Dark Canon, by Shoko Itoh ((Japanese) (Tokyo: Otowashobo-Tsurumishoten, 2017, pp. 5-7)
  • SZ Furniture and Design (SZFA Magazine; China; September, 2016/9/7-10; p. 190)
  • Wicked Pissed: New England’s Most Famous Feuds, by Ted Reinstein (Guilford, CT, Globe Pequot (Rowman Littlefield), 2016, pp. 191-193)
  • (Cover Story) Woodcarving Magazine, “Stefanie Rocknak in Profile,” The Guild of Master Craftsmen, England, May/June #150, 2016; pp. 39-42
  • Woodcarving Magazine, “The Power of Three,” The Guild of Master Craftsmen Publications, England, March/April #149, 2016, p. 80.
  • (Cover Story) “Guide Haunted Boston,” and “Bringing a Legend to Life,” by, respectively, Scott Roberto and Olivia J. Kiers, Panorama Magazine, Oct. 26 – Nov. 8, p. 8, 62, 2015
  • “The strange voice of Edgar Allan Poe,” by Marjorie Perloff, Times Literary Supplement, February 4th, 2015
  • “Poe partisans in Baltimore and Boston make a little wager,” The Baltimore Sun, by Chris Kaltenbach, January 9, 2015
  • “Best of the New: A dozen new things to do in Greater Boston,” Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, January 11, 2015
  • (Cover Story) “In Baltimore and Boston, competing claims to E.A. Poe,” The Baltimore Sun, by Chris Kaltenbach, January 7, 2015
  • “Neighborhood Public Art: Boston Common and Public Garden,” by Anna Buckley, Boston Magazine, December 17, 2015
  • The Annotated Poe, ed. Kevin Hayes, Forward by William Giraldi (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2015, p.5)
  • (Back Cover) Evermore: The Persistence of Poe, The Edgar Allan Poe Collection of Susan Jaffe Tane, catalogue (2014, pp. 16, 132-133)
  • Poe Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe, by J.W. Ocker (Woodstock, VT, Countryman Press, 2014, pp. 49-52)
  • “Edgar Allan Poe und die Ostküste der USA: Der Meister des Unheimlichen,” by Ronald D. Gerste. Neue Zürcher Zeitung, December 5, 2014 (Switzerland)
  • (Cover Story) “Edgar Allan Poe’s Feud with Boston? Nevermore” by Katharine Q. Seelye, The New York Times, NY, NY, Sunday. October 5, 2014
  • “Poe Once more at Home in Hub,” by M.G. Lee, The Boston Globe, October 6, 2014: B1, B3
  • (Cover Story and Cover of the G section) “Statue of Edgar Allan Poe to be Unveiled in Boston,” by James Sullivan, The Boston Globe, Boston, MA, Sept. 30 2014
  • “Poe Comes Home,” Boston Magazine, October, 2014, pp. 26-27

College service and professional affiliations:

  • Promise Working Group/Promise Implementation Committee (Flightpath)
  • Middle States Working Team Co-Leader
  • Faculty Compensation and Budget Committee
  • Chair, Philosophy Department
  • Director, Cognitive Science Program
  • Former Member: Academic Tenure and Promotion Committee
  • Member: Hume Society
  • Member: American Philosophical Association
  • Elected Member (former): Sculptors Guild, NY, NY
  • Elected Member (current): National Sculpture Society, NY, NY

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