24.500 Topics in Philosophy of Mind: Perceptual Experience

Spring 2007

Image of a man looking at (perceiving) a large lemon.
A man perceives a lemon from afar and up close. (Image by MIT OCW.)

Course Description

This course is a survey of recent philosophy of perception. The main topics discussed are the following: the transparency of perceptual experience, disjunctivism, the content of perceptual experience, perceptual consciousness, thought ownership and thought disorders (focussing on schizophrenia), introspection, and the perception of sound. Questions raised by these topics include "In what way is imagination distinct from perception?", "Is there a perceptual relation?", "What is the view that perceptual experiences have representational content?", "In what way is introspection distinct from perception?", "What does the phenomenon of 'thought insertion' show about the ownership of thoughts?", and "What is a sound?". We explore these topics through reading, writing, and presentations by the instructors and guests.

Recommended Citation

For any use or distribution of these materials, please cite as follows:

Alex Byrne and Susanna Siegel, course materials for 24.500 Topics in the Philosophy of Mind: Perceptual Experience, Spring 2007. MIT OpenCourseWare (http://ocw.mit.edu/), Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Downloaded on [DD Month YYYY].

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Prof. Alex Byrne
Prof. Susanna Siegel

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session