Our annual AwayDay at Pigotts Farm in Buckinghamshire will be on Sunday
22nd, from roughly 9.45 till 5.30. Being realistic, access has to be by
I am taking over from Frank Brierley as talks organiser this year. Past events
have been flawless, so he has done a wonderful job for us.
Frank's parting gift was the suggestion that we have a day on Perception,
which strikes me as an excellent topic we have never addressed before, at
Pigotts or a Members' Weekend.
I am therefore inviting speakers on the topic of Perception. A
speaker has a slot of one hour, consisting of about 40 mins talk (c.4000
words), and 20 mins discussion. A visit to https://oxfordphilsoc.org/AwayDay/2017.html
will show you what happened last year.
A few points, to get you thinking:
Greeks on perception, particularly concerned with knowledge
Perception and empiricism
Perception and rationalism
Perception and idealism (e.g. in Kant and his interpreters)
Merleau-Ponty's notable book The Phemenology of Perception
Direct Realism and Adverbialism
physiology and neuroscience of perception
perception and consciousness
perception and causation
one of the sense modes: sight, hearing, sound, taste, smell
perception and reason, concepts, propositions
perception as foundational for knowledge
illusions, delusions, errors
relativism and perception
something I haven't thought of
As ever, Stanford Encyclopaedia
has articles on many related areas. Howard Robinson's 'Perception' is
a good survey, as are 'Perception' by Barry Maund, and Brian
Rogers 'Perception: a very short introduction'. There's also 'Philosophy
of Perception' by William Fish, and there is an Oxford Handbook
on perception (for the ambitious).
If you are hesistant about giving a talk, please contact me. Could I ask for a
brief sketch of your proposal by the last day of January? A more formal
abstract will be required nearer the day.