Carol Rovane

Professor of Philosophy

Columbia University

Carol Rovane is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. She specializes in the topics of ethics, metaphysics, and the philosophy of language and mind.  Her current research focuses on several interrelated topics:  the first person, personal identity, relativism, the foundations of value, and group vs. individual responsibility.  In her book on personal identity, The Bounds of Agency:  An Essay in Revisionary Metaphysics, she explored the differences and interrelations (or rather lack thereof) between three notions of a point of view:  the bodily point of view of an animal, the phenomenological point of view of consciousness and the rational point of view of deliberation.  Her second book is The Metaphysics and Ethics of Relativism.  Her other interests include knowledge of other minds, agency, and rationalism in ethics.