Philosophy 93507: Perception
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Monday, January 23 [class canceled]
Monday, January 30 What is perceptual content?
What is phenomenal character?
MS., Ch. 1
Siegel, The Content of Visual Experience (excerpt)
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Monday, February 6 Varieties of intentionalism; the transparency of experience; an argument for interpersonal intramodal intentionalism

MS., Chs. 2-8

Block, "Sexism, racism, ageism, and the nature of consciousness"

Byrne, "Intentionalism defended"

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Monday, February 13

More on the time and memory constraints; nonconceptual content and intermodal intentionalism

MS., Chs. 9-12

Thompson, "Senses for senses"

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Monday, February 20

Fregeanism vs. Russellianism about perceptual content; Fregeanism about the content of thought

MS., Ch. 13

Tye, "Nonconceptual content, richness, and fineness of grain"

Roskies, "A new argument for nonconceptual content"

Johnston, "The obscure object of hallucination"

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Monday, February 27 Perceptual representation & availability for thought; arguments against the availability requirement; perceptual representation of objects

MS., Chs. 14-15
Siegel, "Which properties are represented in perception?"

Tye, "The admissible contents of visual experience"

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Monday, March 5 Independence and fallibility; perceptual representation of properties: natural kinds, appearance property-ism, color relativism

MS., Ch. 19

Cohen, The Red and the Real (excerpt)

Shoemaker, "Phenomenal character"

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Spring break
Monday, March 19 Wrapping up spectrum inversion; issues in the metaphysics of propositions: unity, modality, and indexicality

MS., Chs. 20-23

Russell, The Principles of Mathematics (excerpt)

Plantinga, "On existentialism"

Perry, "The problem of the essential indexical"

Monday, March 26 Phenomenal relations; distinctions between the senses and bodily sensation types

MS., Chs. 24-26

O'Callaghan, "Crossmodal illusions"

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Monday, April 2 Attention and aspect switches; three views of the relationship between phenomenal and representational properties MS., Ch. 27 & Ch. 28
Nickel, "Against intentionalism"
Macpherson, "Ambiguous figures and the content of experience"
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Easter break
Monday, April 16 Phenomenal content

MS., Chs. 31-34
Phillips, "Indiscriminability and experience of change"

Hawthorne & Kokavich, "Disjunctivism"

Williamson, Knowledge and its Limits (ch. 4)

Graff Fara, "Phenomenal continua and the sorites"
De Clerq & Horsten, "Perceptual indiscriminability: in defence of Wright's proof"

Monday, April 23 Indistinguishable phenomenal properties; functionalist theories of phenomenal properties; theories of content MS., Ch. 35-8
Tye, Consciousness, Color, and Content
Byrne ,"Don't PANIC"
Pautz, "Do theories of consciousness rest on a mistake?"
Monday, April 30 Distinguishing phenomenal and non-phenomenal relations;distinctions between phenomenal relations; biological theories of content

Putnam, "Psychological predicates"

Pautz, "Why consciousness cannot just be in the head"


May 7 Term papers due