SCIENCE, PHILOSOPHY AND THE SENSES
Our senses are our only means of obtaining knowledge of the world around us. For this reason, they have long been a subject of philosophical enquiry, concerned with the nature of perceptual knowledge. Alongside philosophical investigation, the perceptual modalities (vision, hearing, etc.) Are a central area of experimental research in psychology and neuroscience? Philosophers of perception now seek to integrate their conceptual understanding of the topic with empirical results coming from these sciences. In this course, we will examine debates in contemporary philosophy of perception over the nature of perceptual awareness and sensory knowledge, looking especially at ideas that have been influenced by scientific discoveries. Topics include: nave realism and representationalism; ontology of perceptible qualities (the existence of colour, sound, smell, etc.); the nature of attention and introspection.