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PHIL 441 Philosophy of Perception

The contribution of the senses to knowledge of the external world; the nature of perception and its contribution to empirical knowledge.

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Credits: 3

Pre-reqs: PHIL 240. (or COGS 200 if accompanied by 3 credits in PHIL at the 200-level or above.)


Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
Full PHIL 441 001 Lecture 2 Mon Wed Fri 9:00 10:00

We will look at 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?

In the philosophical tradition, the investigation of perception has been largely in service of problems in epistemology (the theory of knowledge). We will begin our inquiries with these issues, but the emphasis in this course will, instead, be on perception itself as a topic in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind.