Philosophy of Perception
SCQF Level 10
Academic year(s): 2019-2020
SCOTCAT credits : 30
ECTS credits : 15
Level : SCQF Level 10
Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students
This module concerns a variety of contemporary philosophical issues relating to perception. Attention will be paid to issues in philosophy of mind, epistemology and metaphysics as well as the relevance of empirical research in cognitive science. Topics covered are likely to include the arguments from illusion and hallucination, sense-data, direct and indirect realism, na´ve realism, disjunctive theories of perception, the relation between perception and belief, the relation between the representational content of an experience and its phenomenal character, Molyneaux's question, colour experience and the metaphysics of colours, the perception of change, and the question of whether perceptual experiences have non-conceptual contents.
Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass PY1012
Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour lecture and 1 x 1-hour seminar.
As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%
Re-assessment: 1 or more essays to a total of 7,000 words
Module coordinator: Dr S J Prosser
Module teaching staff: Dr S Prosser