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PY4610   Philosophy of Perception

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

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.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass PY1012

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour lecture and 1 x 1-hour seminar.

Assessment pattern

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