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PHIL 441 002 (Lecture)
Philosophy of Perception
The contribution of the senses to knowledge of the external world; the nature of perception and its contribution to empirical knowledge.
This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
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Location: VancouverTerm 2
(Jan 04, 2021 to Apr 08, 2021)
Cr/D/F Grading Change Dates
Last day to change between Credit/D/Fail and percentage grading (grading options cannot be changed after this date): January 15, 2021
|Last day to withdraw without a W standing : ||January 15, 2021|
|Last day to withdraw with a W standing |
(course cannot be dropped after this date) :
|March 05, 2021|
|Term||Day ||Start Time||End Time||Building||Room||2|| Tue Thu||9:30||11:00||Chemistry||C124|
|Total Seats Remaining:||37|
|General Seats Remaining:||37|
|Restricted Seats Remaining*:||0|
Course Description: We will consider some of the main philosophical problems that arise in connection with perception, concentrating mainly on visual perception. What is perception? What is the object of perception? Do we see the world directly, or is our perceptual access to the world mediated somehow? What role do sensation and consciousness play in perception? How is perception related to action and movement? Is the concept of representation essential to any adequate account of perception? In the philosophical tradition, the study of perception has been largely in service of problems in epistemology (the theory of knowledge). We will touch on some of these issues, but the emphasis in this course will, instead, be on perception itself as a topic in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind. This approach to the philosophy of perception makes it a less purely philosophical and slightly more interdisciplinary subject. In addition, at least two of our topics (the causal theory of perception and Molyneux's question) will give us the opportunity to reflect on the relationship between philosophical and scientific investigations of perception.
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