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1 PHIL 441.001: Philosophy of Perception University of British Columbia 2018 2019, Term 1 M/W/F, 9:00 9:50 AM Chemistry, C 124 Instructor: Thomas Bittner Office: Ponderosa Office Annex G, 29 Email: [email protected] Office hours: M/W, 10:00 10:50 AM , and by appointment. Teaching Assistant: Shuguo Tang Course Outline 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. Required Texts: All readings will be available on or through UBC Canvas. Course Requirements: There are two short writing assignments and two exams. The mid-term exam will be taken in class; the final will be a take-home exam. A term paper (≈ 10 pp.)
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