Professor Fiona Macpherson

  • Professor of Philosophy (Philosophy)

telephone: 01413308761
email: Fiona.Macpherson@glasgow.ac.uk

Overview

I am a philosopher of mind, perception, and psychology.

‌At Glasgow I am:

Outwith Glasgow I am:

Download my Curriculum Vitae

Visit my page of visual and auditory illusions.

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News

Research and online papers

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Books

Brown, D. and Macpherson, F. (forthcoming) (eds.) The Routledge Handbook to the Philosophy of Colour, Routledge.

Dorsch, F. and Macpherson, F. (forthcoming) (eds.) Perceptual Imagination and Perceptual Memory, Oxford University Press.

‌Dorsch, F., Macpherson, F. and Nida-Rumelin, M. (forthcoming) (eds.) Phenomenal Presence, Oxford University Press.

Macpherson, F. and Platchais, D. (forthcoming) (eds.) Representationalism, MIT Press.

Hallucination book cover - X-ray photograph of flowers of the Datura plant, which is a hallucinogenMacpherson, F. and Platchais, D. (2013) (eds.) Hallucination: Philosophy and Psychology, MIT Press.

Listen to a Philosophy Bites Podcast about Hallucination featuring Fiona Macpherson

Download the introductory essay "The Philosophy and Psychology of Hallucination: An Introduction" by Fiona Macpherson

Reviews:

"A vital addition to the literature on perception. Macpherson and Platchias have put together a lively, informative, and provocative collection of essays on hallucination. The scientific essays take us far beyond glib philosophical examples -- Lady Macbeth's dagger and so on. The philosophical sections relate to recent controversies: the much discussed doctrine of 'naive realism' and reflections on what hallucination teaches us about the nature of perceptual experience in general." -- Mohan Matthen, Canada Research Chair in Philosophy, University of Toronto

"Hallucination is the definitive collection on the philosophy and psychology of hallucination, offering a wide range of perspectives on this fascinating phenomenon. Macpherson provides a marvelous introduction, zeroing in with characteristic acuity on issues surrounding hallucination raised by experimental psychology, the metaphysics of perception, and epistemology." -- Susanna Siegel, Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University

Review in Notre Dame Philosophical Review by Clare Batty

Review in Metapsychology by Sascha Benjamin Fink

German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel has an article on the volume

Macpherson, F. (2011) (ed.) The Senses: Classic and Contemporary Philosophical PerspectivesOxford University Press.

Download the introductory essay "Individuating the Senses" by Macpherson.

Read the review of the book in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews by Peter W. Ross.

Read the review of the book in The Philosophical Quarterly by Louise Richardson.

The book was commented on by Mohan Matthen in the New APPS blog.

Macpherson, F. and Hawley, K. (2011) (eds.) The Admissible Contents of Experience,Wiley-Blackwell.

Download the introductory essay "The Admissible Contents of Experience" by Macpherson.

Also appearing (without the introductory essay) as a special edition of The Philosophical QuarterlyVolume 59, Issue 236, July 2009.

Haddock, A. and Macpherson, F. (2008) (eds.) Disjunctivism: Perception, Action, KnowledgeOxford University Press.

Reprinted in paperback in July 2011.

Download the introductory essay "Introduction: Varieties of Disjunctivism " by Haddock and Macpherson.

The whole book is available online at Oxford Scholarship Online.

Read the review of the book in Mindby Kieran Setiya.

Read the review of the book in the Times Literary Supplement by Tim Crane.

Read the review of the book in the European Journal of Philosophy by Fabian Dorsch.

Papers

Macpherson, F. and Platchais, D. (forthcoming) "Representationalism: An Introduction" in F. Macpherson and D. Platchias (eds.) Representationalism, Cambridge MA: MIT Press.

Macpherson, F. and Wilson, K. (forthcoming) ‘The Senses’, Oxford Bibliographies Online.

Macpherson, F. and Batty, C. (forthcoming, October 2016) "Redefining Illusion and Hallucination in Light of New Cases", Philosophical Issues, 16.

Macpherson, F. (Published Online First, April 2016) "‌The Relationship Between Cognitive Penetration and Predictive Coding", Consciousness and Cognition, doi:10.1016/j.concog.2016.04.001.

MacKisack, M., Aldworth, S., Macpherson, F., Onians, J., Winlove, C., and Zeman, A. (2016) "On picturing a candle: the prehistory of imagery science", Frontiers in Psychology, 7: 00515.

Macpherson, F. (2015) "Cognitive Penetration and Nonconceptual Content", in J. Zeimbekis and A. Raftopoulos (eds.) The Cognitive Penetrability of Perception: New Philosophical Perspectives, Oxford University Press.

Macpherson, F (2015) "The Structure of Experience, the Nature of the Visual, and Type 2 Blindsight",Consciousness and Cognition, 32:104 - 128.

Macpherson, F. (2015) "Cognitive Penetration and Predictive Coding: A Commentary on Lupyan‌", Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 6(4): 571-584.

Macpherson, F. (2014) "Is the Sense-Data Theory a Representationalist Theory?", Ratio, 27(4): 369-392. Also to be published in J. Stazicker (2015) (ed.) The Structure of Perceptual Experience, Wiley.

Macpherson, F. (2014) "The Space of Sensory Modalities", in Perception and Its Modalities, D. Stokes, S. Biggs and M. Matthen (eds.), Oxford University Press.

Macpherson, F. (2013) "The Philosophy and Psychology of Hallucination: An Introduction", in Hallucination: Philosophy and Psychology, edited by F. Macpherson and D. Platchais, Cambridge MA: MIT Press.

Macpherson, F. (2013) "Can Science Tell Us That We Smell?", online symposium on the Brains Blog on Louise Richardson’s “Flavour, Taste, and Smell” (Mind & Language, 28(3): 322-341).

Macpherson, F. (2012) "Cognitive Penetration of Colour Experience: Rethinking the Issue in Light of an Indirect Mechanism", Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 84(1): 24-62.

Macpherson, F. (2011) "Cross-Modal Experiences", Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 111(3): 429-468.

Macpherson, F. (2011) "Individuating the Senses", in her (ed.) The Senses: Classical and Contemporary Readings, Oxford University Press.

Macpherson, F. (2011) "The Admissible Contents of Experience", in K. Hawley and F. Macpherson (eds.) The Admissible Contents of Experience, Wiley-Blackwell.

Macpherson, F. (2011) "Taxonomising the Senses", Philosophical Studies, 153(1): 123-142.

Macpherson F. (2010) "A Disjunctive Theory of Introspection: A Reflection on Zombies and Anton's Syndrome", Philosophical Issues, 20(1): 226-265. Reprinted in Manidipa Sen (ed.) Self-Knowledge and Agency, New Delhi: Decent Books, 2012: 39-98.

Macpherson, F. (2010) "Impossible Figures", in E. B. Goldstein (ed.) the SAGE Encyclopedia of Perception, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Macpherson, F. (2009) "Perception, Philosophical Perspectives", in The Oxford Companion to Consciousness,T. Bayne, A. Cleeremans and P. Wilken (eds), Oxford University Press.

Haddock, A. and Macpherson, F. (2008) "Introduction: Varieties of Disjunctivism" in our Disjunctivism: Perception, Action Knowledge, Oxford University Press.

Macpherson, F. (2007) "Synaesthesia, Functionalism and Phenomenology", in Cartographies of the Mind: Philosophy and Psychology in Intersection , Series: Studies in Brain and Mind, Vol. 4, Mario de Caro, Francesco Ferretti and Massimo Marraffa (eds.), Dordrecht: Kleuwer, pp. 65-80.

Macpherson, F. (2006) "Ambiguous Figures and the Content of Experience",  Noûs, 40(1): 82-117.
        
Macpherson, F. (2006) "Property Dualism and the Merits of Solutions to the Mind-Body Problem: A Reply to Strawson", Journal of Consciousness Studies, 13(10-11): 72-89.

Macpherson, F. (2005) "Colour Inversion Problems for Representationalism", Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 70(1): 127-152.
    
Macpherson, F. (2003) "Novel Colours and the Content of Experience", Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 84(1): 43-66. (Novel colours, such as reddish-green and bluish-yellow, are also somtimes called "alien colours", "forbidden colours" or "impossible colours".)
    
Macpherson, F. (2002) "The Power of Natural Selection", Journal of Consciousness Studies, 9(8): 30-35. 
    
Macpherson, F. (1999) "Perfect Pitch and the Implicit/Explicit Distinction", Anthropology and Philosophy,(Philosophical Approaches to Consciousness, Monograph Issue, edited by Mariano Bianca and Luca Malatesti), 3(2): 89-101.

Bermudez, J. L. and Macpherson, F. (1999) "Nonconceptual Content and the Nature of Perceptual Experience", The Electronic Journal of Analytic Philosophy, Issue 6, (http://ejap.louisiana.edu/EJAP/1998/contents.html).

Book Reviews

Macpherson, F. (2004) review of A. D. Smith The Problem of Perception, (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2002) in Philosophical Books, Vol. 45, No. 3, pp. 256-257.

Macpherson, F. (2003) review of M. Tye Consciousness, Color and Content, (Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 2000) in Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 53, No. 213, pp. 619-621.

Macpherson, F. (1999) review of P. Jacob What Minds Can Do: Intentionality in a Non-Intentional World inPhilosophical Books, Vol. 40, No.3, pp. 184-185.

PhD Thesis

Macpherson, F (2000) Representational Theories of Phenomenal CharacterUniversity of Stirling, supervised by Alan Millar and José Luis Bermúdez.

Impact, public engagement and knowledge exchange

Public and Knowledge Exchange Lectures:

June 2016 ‘The Philosophy and Psychology of Colour’ public lecture at the Glasgow Science Festival.

November 2015 'Illusion and Perception', public lecture in the Lunchtime Masterclass Series, at the Centre for Open Studies, University of Glasgow

November 2015 'Illusion and Perception', keynote lecture at the Hutchesons' Annual Approaching Philosophy Conference for school children

June 2015 'Vision, Perception and Illusion', public lecture at the Glasgow Science Festival on on the 8th of June

March 2015 'The Waterfall Illusion', public lecture at the Glagsow Science Cafe, Research Club, Ashton Lane, Glasgow

December 2014 ‘Philosophy of Hallucination and Perception, talk to Eye Surgeons at King’s College Hospital, London

October 2014 ‘Philosophy of Hallucination and Perception’, public lecture with over 100 registered participants, lunchtime master class series, Centre for Open Studies, University of Glasgow

June 2014 ‘Philosophical Views of Hallucination and Perception’, public lecture at the Out of Our Heads art exhibition on hallucination at Shoreditch Town Hall, London

May 2014 ‘Individuating the Senses’, keynote speaker, The Human Senses: Inspire Gatherings, School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent

April 2014 Speaker at Conversations in Mind/Brain/Behaviour, interfaculty event, Harvard University, debating with Professor Robert Stickgold (Harvard)

July 2013 ‘How Many Colours Are in the Rainbow? Lessons from the Variability of Perception‘, Public Lecture, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia

 

Public Events:

7 July 2016 Co-organised a lecture and poetry reading by Dr Nuala Watt at the University of Glasgow for the public as part of the Understanding the Senses: Past and Present project.

6 July 2016 Co-organised an event in Special Collections in the University of Glasgow Library for the public as part of the Understanding the Senses: Past and Present project. It consisted of a room displaying visual, audio and cross-modal illusions, illustrating the work of the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience and a display of some of the library’s collection of manuscripts and early printed books relating to the history of the senses.

17 June 2016 Co-organised the “Beer: History, Philosophy, Science" workshop and tasting that was open to the public.

11 – 12 June 2016 Organised the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience’s contribution to the Glasgow Science Festival, consisting of a research stall in the Kelvingrove Museum for two days. We presented a large number of visual, auditory, and, taste illusions and effects. The stalls were manned by myself and other members of the CSPE. Members of the CSPE also gave talks as part of the festival: Myself and David Simmons on the Philosophy and Psychology of Colour (over 150 registered participants), and David Bain on Pains that are Not Unpleasant (over 100 registered participants).

28 September – 29 November 2015 Organised the ‘Impossible Lego Object’ exhibit, one item in the Objects of Research exhibition at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow

25 September 2015 - Centre for the Study of Perception research stall at Explorathon '15, European Researchers' Night.

6 & 7 June 2015 - Centre for the Study of Perception research stall at the Glasgow Science Festival at Kelvingrove

November 2014 - Helped to run “The Hidden Senses: the secrets of taste and smell” a day of talks, activities, experiments, demonstrations, and exhibitions for the public to challenge their understanding of the senses of taste and smell, involving philosophers, psychologists, perfumiers, neurosciencest,s artists, chefs, and technologists at the Dana Centre, Scoence Museum, London. The event showcased the work of the Rethinking the Senses project and was part of the national AHRC Being Human Festival of the Humanities.

September 2014 - I supervised Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience Postdocs Keith Wilson and Jennifer Corns in showcasing the CSPE’s research at the ‘Explorathon’ European researchers night at the Glasgow Science Centre.

June 2014 - Took part in “Moving Water”, an art participation project by Sensory Sites and collaborators at the October Gallery, London.

December 2013 - Attended and led discussion at the workshop, “Data, Dada, Data: the Next Big Confluence of Art, Science and Technology” organised by UCLIC, UCL, held at Cumberland Lodge, London. The event involved engineers, computer scientists, philosophers, psychologists, and architects and sought to address the challenges and opportunities of the new data revolution for Art, Science and Technology.

November 2012 - Took part in and was discussion leader for a workshop on ‘Creative Dining, Cooking and Technology’, organised by UCLIC, UCL, held at John Salt Restaurant, Islington, involving chefs, designers, a film maker, psychologists, philosophers and technologists. I also wrote an essay “The Future of Dining Practices” for the website of the project.

March 2012 - I organised a public exhibition of all the sensory substation and augmentation devices discussed at the academic conference on one afternoon and evening in the British Academy. This was the first time ever that all these devices were at the same location at the same time. A video was made of the event, which I present. It can be viewed online together with the presentations from the conference.

October 2011 - 'Sensory Substitution: Challenges for Philosophy and Science’, invited paper and practical demonstration of tactile-vision sensory substituion, jointly presented with Jon Bird (UCL), Undergraduate Philosophy Society, Umeå University, Sweden

May 2011 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture, University of Glasgow. I organised the public lecture given by Professor Barry Smith (Philosophy, London) and Professor Charles Spence (Psychology, Oxford) entitled “On the Blind Versus Sighted Tasting of Wine” and the tutored wine-tasting, sponsored by Quel Vin vintners, that followed.

 

My work in, or cited in, the media:

Interviewed by Emma Shephard for PhilonoUS, the University of Sheffield Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy.

Interviewed for a BBC Radio 4 programme ‘An Image of Sound’ for broadcast on 7 February 2015.

"Top PI Fiona Macpherson: Making Small Grants Count", Research Professional, 15 January 2015.

Co-host of CBC's "Spark" programme about "Rewiring our Senses" (Programme No. 268) first broadcast December 7, 2014

German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel has an article on my and Dimitris Platchias' Hallucination volume.

Presented a video about the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience's demo event and my talk and slide show from the Conference on Sensory Substitution and Augmentation, 26 - 28 March 2013.

I am on Philosophy Bites Podcast speaking on Hallucination.

My piece "The Future of Dining Practices" on the Food for Thought: Thought for Food website, which in part records the Creative Dining, Cooking and Technology Workshop, held at the John Salt Restaurant in Islington, November 2012.

Interviewed about my work on perception and the senses  in "A Shift in Perception", University of Toronto Magazine, by Cynthia Macdonald.

My work is discussed in "Minds on Monday: Sense and Un-sense in the Animal Kingdom", New Apps Blog, by Mohan Matthen.

Interviewed for "Philosophy gender war sparked by call for larger role for women", National Post Newspaper, by Kathryn Blaze Carlson.

 

Online presence:

The Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience has a website that I set up and run that includes a page of illusions aimed at the public. According to the University of Glasgow webteam, the page receives approximately 280 hits per month.

The Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience has a lively FaceBook page that I set up in November 2008 and now run detailing our activities and research news from around the world on perception. The page has received over 1,600 “likes” and some weeks our “total reach” is over 1500 people. The FaceBook has page was linked to a Twitter account in 2014.

Research interests

My research concerns the nature of consciousness, perception and perceptual experience, introspection, imagination and the metaphysics of mind. I work on the following topics: the structure of experience, cognitive penetration, the nature and individuation of the senses, cross-modal intersensory phenomena, sensory substitution and augmentation, hallucination, illusion, delusion, novel colours, inverted spectra, ambiguous and impossible figures, synaesthesia, the admissible contents of experience, disjunctivism and representational theories of phenomenal character.

Grants

2015

Stephan Leuenberger and I have been awarded a grant of £58,609.94 from the Templeton Foundation via the The New Directions in the Study of Mind Project at the University of Cambridge for a project on Sense-Data: Phenomenology and Metaphysics which will run from July 2016 - July 2017.

2014

The Royal Society of Edinburgh have awarded the project “Understanding the Senses: Past and Present” a Humanities Network Award of £19,986.20. Elizabeth Robertson (English, Glasgow) is the PI and myself and Annette Kern-Stahler (English, Bern) are a Co-Is. The project will run from March 2015 – 2016.

2014 The John Templeton Foundation, via the Emergence Project at the University of Durham have awarded £50,000 to the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience's Project on Emergence. The project starts in October 2014 and lasts for one year. Stephan Leuenberger and I are PIs.
2014 The Arts and Humanities Research Council have awarded a grant of £80,000 to the project The Eye's Mind on which I am co-investigator. The project starts on 1 January 2015 and lasts for one year. The PI is Professor Adam Zeman (Neuroscience, Exeter).
2013 The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) have awarded a grant of 1.9 million pounds to the project Re-Thinking the Senses on which I am co-investigator.
2013 Faculty of Arts Strategic Research Fund award to attend the Primary and Secondary Qualities Workshop in Dubrovnik (£350)
2012/13 British Academy conference grant (£12,000), Chancellor's Fund of the Univeristy of Glasgow grant (£6,000) and a contribution from the Network for Sensory Research (£3,000) to host the Sensory Substitution and Augmentation Conference in March 2013 at the British Academy.
2012 Visiting Professorship award from the Institute of Philosophy, University of London, for 2012-13 (£6,000).
2012 Visiting academic: Dr Derek Brown (Brandon University, Canada), Autumn 2012, visits the Centre and Professor Macpherson, funded by a Royal Society of Edinburgh International Exchange Programme grant awarded to Professor Macpherson (£2850).
2012 Graduate Conference: The Problems of Philosophy: Then and Now, June 2012. Funding: Mind Association (£600), the Analysis Trust (£400), the Bertrand Russell Society (£637), John Hopkins University Press (£400), The Scots Philosophical Association (£2,000), and the College of Arts Graduate School of the University of Glasgow (£1,000).
2011 Awarded an AHRC Fellowship for 2012-13 to work on a project entitled Perception, Imagination and the Structure of Consciousness: £68,375.

        Abstract: I will investigate the nature of perception and perceptual experience. The research focuses around two main questions. First, whether perceptual experiences, involved in seeing, hearing, smelling, touching and tasting the world, can be affected by cognitive states such as beliefs, desires and expectations. This question is whether 'cognitive penetration' can occur and if it occurs I will examine in what conditions it does so. The existence of cognitive penetration is highly disputed. My distinctive and original contribution will be to argue that cognitive penetration can take place, however, I will claim that one needs more substantial argument to show this than is usually given.
        The second question is: What is the nature of perceptual experience, such that it can be so influenced by beliefs, desires and expectations? I will explore mechanisms by which cognition may affect experience. I will argue that one mechanism that can explain many cases of cognitive penetration involves perceptual imagination affecting perceptual experience. I will also argue that imagination's influence on experience can account for many features of perceptual experience that have resisted explanation, in particular, types of experience of absence.
        Thus my research will cast light on the nature of perceptual experience. Insight will be gained about the nature of the structure of experience and its representational and conscious aspects. The implications of the existence of cognitive penetration for epistemology and ethics will also be made vivid.
2011 Co-applicant on a Partnership Development Grant for the Network for Sensory Research, from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: $199,400 (Canadian Dollars). The Network is a research partnership between the Departments of Philosophy at Toronto (Principal Investigator: Mohan Matthen), Harvard (Co-Investigator: Susanna Siegel), MIT (Co-Investigator: Alex Byrne), the Centre for the Study of the Senses of the Institute of Philosophy (Co-Investigator: Barry Smith), and the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience at the University of Glasgow (Co-Investigator: Fiona Macpherson). Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and by the partner institutions, this will be a philosophy-led, interdisciplinary, international network of researchers to study how the brain/mind integrates information from the senses.
2011 Conference: ‘Perceptual Imagination and Perceptual Memory’, 6 - 9 September 2011. Organised jointly with Fabian Dorsch (Fribourg). Funding: £3,000 Mind Association; £2,000 Scots Philosophical Association; £1,410, Department of Philosophy, University of Fribourg; £600 Strategic Research Fund, College of Arts, University of Glasgow.
2011 Conference: ‘Graduate Conference on the Metaphysics of Mind’, June 2011. Funding: £3,000 Mind Association; £1,000 Scots Philosophical Association; £750 Graduate School, College of Arts, University of Glasgow.
2011 Workshop: ‘Cognitive and Cross-Modal Effects on Vision’, 26 and 27 March 2011. Organised with Athanassios Raftopoulos (University of Cyprus) and the Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Funding: £800 Mind Association; £2,000 The Scots Philosophical Association; £750 British Society for the Philosophy of Science.
2010 Conference: ‘Mind, Science and Everything!’, Graduate Conference, 25 – 26 June 2010. Funding: £700 University of Glasgow Faculty of Arts Graduate School; £437 British Society for the Philosophy of Science; £225 Mind Association; £250 Aristotelian Society. Orgnaised with Neil McDonnell and Umut Baysan.
2010 British Academy Overseas Conference Grant to present a paper on the senses at the American Philosophical Association Conference in San Francisco (£500)
2010 Faculty of Arts Strategic Research Fund award to present a paper on the senses at the American Philosophical Association Conference in San Francisco (£500)
2010 Conference: ‘Phenomenal Presence: What is Phenomenally Given in Experience?’, 7 – 9 June 2010, University of Fribourg. Organised this jointly with Martine Nida-Rümelin, Fabrice Theler and Fabian Dorsch of the University of Fribourg. Funding: £1908 University of Fribourg; £8904 Pro*Doc Graduate School ‘Mind and Reality’ Universities of Fribourg, Geneva and Lausanne.
2009 Faculty of Arts Strategic Research Fund award to reply to a paper at the Department of Philosophy, Central European University, Budapest (£300)
2009 Seminar Series: Philosophy of Mind and Psychology (September 2009 – present), jointly organized with the Department of Psychology. Funding: £400 University of Glasgow Faculty of Arts Strategic Research Fund; £400 Department of Psychology, University of Glasgow.
2009 Conference: ‘Varieties of Experience Graduate Conference’, July 2009. Funding: £500 Scots Philosophical Club; £500 University of Glasgow Faculty of Arts Strategic Research Fund. Organised with Stuart Critchfield and Robert Cowan.
2008 Faculty of Arts Strategic Research Fund award to reply to a paper at a workshop ‘The Role of Thought in Consciousness’, Harvard University (£490)
2008 University of Glasgow Chancellor’s Fund to give a paper at the SPAWN Conference on Perception at Syracuse University and to visit academics in Boston (£1,500)
2008 Carnegie Trust Grant for research expenses for visit to the Centre for Consciousness, Australian National University (£2,500)
2008 Conference: 'Hallucination on Crete', 11 – 14 September 2008, Crete. Organised jointly with the Department of Philosophy and Social Studies, and the Mind and Brain Graduate Programme, University of Crete. Funding: 8,000 Euros Greek Government and the University of Crete; £1,000 Scots Philosophical Club; £500 University of Glasgow Faculty of Arts Strategic Research Fund.
2007 Faculty of Arts Strategic Research Fund award to present a paper at the 'Self-Knowledge and Agency Conference, Centre for Philosophy, Jawharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India (£700)
2007 British Academy Overseas Conference Grant to present a paper at the 'Self-Knowledge and Agency’ Conference, Centre for Philosophy, Jawharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India (£600)
2007 Workshop: ‘Perception and Introspection’, 16 November 2007. Funding: £1,900 in total from The Aristotelian Society, The Analysis Trust, the Scots Philosophical Club and the University of Glasgow Faculty of Arts Strategic Research Fund.
2006 Conference: 'The Admissible Contents of Experience', 20 – 22 March 2006. Funding: £9,500 in total from the Philosophical Quarterly, The British Academy, The Mind Association, The Analysis Trust, and the University of Glasgow Faculty of Arts Strategic Research Fund.
2006 Workshop: 'Art and the Senses', on 7 October 2006, jointly with Professor Robert Hopkins, at the University of Sheffield. Funding: approximately £500 from the British Association for Aesthetics and the Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield.
2005 Conference: ‘Graduate Conference on Philosophy of Perception’ 8 October 2005. Funding: £2000, AHRC; £400 Faculty of Arts, University of Glasgow. Organised with Dimitris Platichias.
2005 Conference: 'Disjunctivism: Perception, Action, Knowledge' 4 – 5 June 2005. Funding: £2,500 in total from The Mind Association, The Royal Institute of Philosophy, The Analysis Trust, Blackwell's on behalf of the Philosophical Quarterly, and the Scots Philosophical Club.
2004 Conference: 'Individuating the Senses' 4 – 5 December 2004. Funding: £5,000 in total from The British Academy, The Mind Association, The Analysis Trust, The Scots Philosophical Club, Blackwell's on behalf of Analysis, and the University of Glasgow Faculty of Arts Strategic Research Fund.
2004 Seminar series on 'Disjunctivism', Autumn 2004. Funding: £950 in total from the Scots Philosophical Club and the University of Glasgow Faculty of Arts Strategic Research Fund.
1999 Royal Institute of Philosophy Jacobsen Fellowship (funding tuition fees and living expenses for one year of the PhD)
1999 British Federation of Women Graduates Grant (for additional living expenses for one year of the PhD)
1998 Kennedy Scholarship to attend Harvard University for one year as a Visiting Fellow in Philosophy (covered tuition fees, living expenses, medical insurance and travel costs)
1997 Royal Institute of Philosophy bursary (for additional living expenses for one year of the PhD)
1995 Major Scottish Studentship from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (funding three years of PhD tuition fees and living expenses)
1995 Stirling/St. Andrews Graduate Philosophy Programme 'top-up' award (for additional living expenses for three years of the PhD)
1994 One year postgraduate scholarship from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (funding tuition fees and living expenses for the MLitt)
1994 Stirling/St. Andrews Graduate Philosophy Programme 'top-up' award (for additional living expenses for the one year MLitt)
1993 Edward Caird Medal for Moral Philosophy from the University of Glasgow
1993 MacLagan Prize for Moral Philosophy from the University of Glasgow
1992 Thomas Holt Prize for Logic from the University of Glasgow

Supervision

I am happy to supervise Masters and PhD students in philosophy of mind, psychology and perception and related areas. I also welcome applications from students studying elsewhere who would like to spend time as a visiting research student working with me and/or at the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience. Please see the philosophy postgraduate webpages for details of postgraduate degrees that we offer and funding or for  how to apply to be a visiting student.

Current Graduate Students:

Sheena McAnulla, PhD Topic: Panpsychism

Rashida Ahmed, PhD Topic: The Senses

Katherine Meadowcroft, PhD topic: Pain and Introspection

 
Visiting Graduate Students:

February - June 2016 Geraldine Carranante (Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris)

November - December 2015 Marta Benenti (University of Turin)

September – December 2014 Mika Suojanen (University of Turku)

Feb 2012 - Aug 2013, December 2013, and May 2014 Ariel Cecchi (University of Geneva) PhD Topic: The Epistemology of Perception

May 2014 Daniel Gregory (Australian National University)

November 2013 Paweł Zięba (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland)

October 2013 Błażej Skrzypulec (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland)

May - August 2013 Mette Hansen (University of Bergen)

May - August 2013 Morten Nag Opsal (University of Bergen)

October - December 2012 Oscar Ralsmark (University of Lund)

October 2012 Mette Hansen (University of Bergen)

November 2011 Błażej Skrzypulec (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland)

 

Previous Graduate Students:

2010 - 2014 Umut Baysan PhD Topic: Multiple Realizability

2008 - 2014 (part-time) Andrew MacGregor, PhD Topic: Relationalist Theories of Perception

2008 - 2013 Akiko Frischhut (Joint with the University of Geneva), PhD Topic: The Metaphysics of the Phenomenal Present

2006 - 2011 Stuart Crutchfield, PhD Topic: Phenomenal Unity

2008 - 2011 I was an "expert reader" for Alex Spaulding who is doing a practice-led PhD at the Glasgow School of Art. Her project is entitled, "Slipping Outside of Yourself: The Evaluation and Analysis of Aural Ineffable Immersive Contemporary Installation Art".

2008 - 2011 David Uings, MLitt by Research, Glasgow, Thesis: The Divided Mind

2008-2009 Sheena McAnulla, MLitt, Glasgow, Thesis: Panpsychism

2005-2007 Dimitris Platchias, Ph.D, Glasgow, Thesis: Phenomenal Consciousness, Experience and Higher-Order Thoughts

2006-2007 Akiko Frushhut, MLitt, Glasgow, Thesis:  The Specious Present

2006-2007 Katherine Hook, MLitt, Glasgow, Thesis: Colour Inversion: A Problem for Externalist Representationalism?

2006-2007 Elisa Oddone, MLitt, Glasgow,Thesis: Representationalism and the Argument From Transparency

2006-2007 Gerd Watzenig, MLitt, Glasgow,Thesis: Time Travel Troubles

2006-2007 Niall Duncan, MLitt, Glasgow, Thesis: A Consideration of the Knowledge Argument

2001-2002 David Wall, MLitt, St. Andrews, Thesis: Representation, Information and Experience

Teaching

These are the courses I regularly teach on:

Postgraduate Specialist MLitt Philosophy of Mind - Classes

Postgraduate MLitt 1 Course 0, Introduction to Analytic Philosophy - Classes

Postgraduate Specialist MLitt Research Methods Module - Classes

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Professor Fiona Macpherson gained an MA from the University of Glasgow, an MLitt at the University of St Andrews, and a PhD from the University of Stirling. She was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University, a teaching fellow at the University of St Andrews, and Rosamund Chambers Research Fellow at Girton College, Cambridge. While a faculty member at Glasgow, she has spent time as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Consciousness, RSSS, Australian National University, and as a Visiting Professor at Umea University, Sweden, the Institute of Philosophy, University of London, and the University of Trnava, Slovakia. She is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, trustee of the Kennedy Memorial Trust, and President of the Scots Philosophical Association.

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Publications

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Number of items: 36.

2016

MacKisack, M., Aldworth, S., Macpherson, F., Onians, J., Winlove, C., and Zeman, A. (2016) On picturing a candle: the prehistory of imagery science. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 515. (doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00515)

Macpherson, F. (2016) Representationalism: an introduction. In: Macpherson, F. and Platchais, D. (eds.) Representationalism. MIT Press. (In Press)

Macpherson, F., and Batty, C. (2016) Redefining illusion and hallucination in light of new cases. Philosophical Issues, (Accepted for Publication)

Macpherson, F. (2016) The relationship between cognitive penetration and predictive coding. Consciousness and Cognition, (doi:10.1016/j.concog.2016.04.001) (Early Online Publication)

2015

Macpherson, F. (2015) Cognitive penetration and predictive coding: a commentary on Lupyan. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 6(4), pp. 571-584. (doi:10.1007/s13164-015-0254-3)

Macpherson, F. (2015) Cognitive penetration and nonconceptual content. In: Zeimbekis, J. and Raftopoulos, A. (eds.) The Cognitive Penetrability of Perception: New Philosophical Perspectives. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198738916

Macpherson, F. (2015) The structure of experience, the nature of the visual, and type 2 blindsight. Consciousness and Cognition, 32, pp. 104-128. (doi:10.1016/j.concog.2014.10.011) (PMID:25481513)

2014

Macpherson, F. (2014) Is the sense-data theory a representationalist theory? Ratio, 27(4), pp. 369-392. (doi:10.1111/rati.12085)

Macpherson, F. (2014) The space of sensory modalities. In: Stokes, D., Matthen, M. and Biggs, S. (eds.) Perception and its Modalities. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199832798

2013

Macpherson, F. (2013) The philosophy and psychology of hallucination: an introduction. In: Macpherson, F. and Platchais, D. (eds.) Hallucination. MIT Press: Cambridge, MA, pp. 1-38. ISBN 9780262019200

Macpherson, F. and Platchias, D., (Eds.) (2013) Hallucination: Philosophy and Psychology. MIT Press: Cambridge, MA, USA. ISBN 9780262019200

Macpherson, F. (2013) Can science tell us that we smell? Comments on Richardson's "Favour, Taste, and Smell" (Mind & Language, 28(3): 322-341). Brains Blog,

2012

Macpherson, F. (2012) Cognitive penetration of colour experience: rethinking the issue in light of an indirect mechanism. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 84(1), pp. 24-62. (doi:10.1111/j.1933-1592.2010.00481.x)

Macpherson, F. (2012) A disjunctive theory of introspection. In: Sen, M. (ed.) Self-Knowledge and Agency. D.K. Printworld Ltd.: New Dehli, pp. 39-98. ISBN 9788186921593

2011

Macpherson, F. (2011) Cross-modal experiences. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 111(3), pp. 429-468. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9264.2011.00317.x)

Hawley, K. and Macpherson, F., (Eds.) (2011) The Admissible Contents of Experience. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 9781444333350

Macpherson, F. (2011) Taxonomising the senses. Philosophical Studies, 153(1), pp. 123-142. (doi:10.1007/s11098-010-9643-8)

Macpherson, F., (Ed.) (2011) The Senses: Classic and Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives. Series: Philosophy of mind. Oxford University Press: Oxford. ISBN 9780195385960

Macpherson, F. (2011) Individuating the senses. In: Macpherson, F. (ed.) The Senses: Classic and Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives. Oxford University Press, pp. 3-46. ISBN 9780195385960

Macpherson, F. (2011) The admissible contents of experience. In: Macpherson, F. and Hawley, K. (eds.) The Admissible Contents of Experience. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 9781444333350

2010

Macpherson, F. (2010) A disjunctive theory of introspection: a reflection on zombies and Anton's syndrome. Philosophical Issues, 20(1), pp. 226-265. (doi:10.1111/j.1533-6077.2010.00187.x)

Macpherson, F. (2010) Impossible figures. In: Goldstein, E.B. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Perception. SAGE Publications, Inc. ISBN 9781412940818

2009

Macpherson, F. (2009) Perception, Philosophical Perspectives. In: Bayne, T., Cleeremans, A. and Wilken, P. (eds.) Oxford Companion to Consciousness. Oxford University Press: Oxford. ISBN 9780198569510

2008

Haddock, A. and Macpherson, F., (Eds.) (2008) Disjunctivism: Perception, Action, Knowledge. Oxford University Press: Oxford. ISBN 9780199231546

Macpherson, F., and Haddock, A. (2008) Introduction: varieties of disjunctivism. In: Disjunctivism: Perception, Action, Knowledge. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199231546 (doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231546.003.0001)

2007

Macpherson, F. (2007) Synaesthesia, Functionalism and Phenomenology. In: De Caro, M., Ferretti, F. and Marraffa, M. (eds.) Cartographies of the Mind. Philsophy and Psychology in Intersection. Series: Studies in brain and mind, 4. Springer Verlag. ISBN 9781402054433

2006

Macpherson, F. (2006) Ambiguous figures and the content of experience. Nous, 40(1), pp. 82-117. (doi:10.1111/j.0029-4624.2006.00602.x)

Macpherson, F. (2006) Property dualism and the merits of solutions to the mind-body problem: a reply to Strawson. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 13(10-11), pp. 72-89.

2005

Macpherson, F. (2005) Colour inversion problems for representationalism. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 70(1), pp. 127-152.

2004

Macpherson, F. (2004) Review of A.D. Smith 'The Problem of Perception' (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2002). Philosophical Books, 45(3), pp. 256-257. [Book Review]

2003

Macpherson, F. (2003) Novel colours and the content of experience. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 84(1), pp. 43-66. (doi:10.1111/1468-0114.00162)

Macpherson, F. (2003) Review of M. Tye 'Consciousness, Color and Content', (Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 2000). Philosophical Quarterly, 53(213), pp. 619-621. [Book Review]

2002

Macpherson, F. (2002) The power of natural selection. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 9(8), pp. 30-35.

1999

Macpherson, F. (1999) Perfect pitch and the implicit/explicit distinction. Anthropology and Philosophy, 3(2), pp. 89-101.

Macpherson, F. (1999) Review of P. Jacob What Minds Can Do: Intentionality in a Non-Intentional World. Philosophical Books, 40(3), pp. 184-185. [Book Review]

1998

Macpherson, F., and Bermúdez, J.L. (1998) Nonconceptual content and the nature of perceptual experience. Electronic Journal of Analytic Philosophy, 6,

This list was generated on Sat Oct 1 11:45:50 2016 BST.
Number of items: 36.

Articles

MacKisack, M., Aldworth, S., Macpherson, F., Onians, J., Winlove, C., and Zeman, A. (2016) On picturing a candle: the prehistory of imagery science. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 515. (doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00515)

Macpherson, F., and Batty, C. (2016) Redefining illusion and hallucination in light of new cases. Philosophical Issues, (Accepted for Publication)

Macpherson, F. (2016) The relationship between cognitive penetration and predictive coding. Consciousness and Cognition, (doi:10.1016/j.concog.2016.04.001) (Early Online Publication)

Macpherson, F. (2015) Cognitive penetration and predictive coding: a commentary on Lupyan. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 6(4), pp. 571-584. (doi:10.1007/s13164-015-0254-3)

Macpherson, F. (2015) The structure of experience, the nature of the visual, and type 2 blindsight. Consciousness and Cognition, 32, pp. 104-128. (doi:10.1016/j.concog.2014.10.011) (PMID:25481513)

Macpherson, F. (2014) Is the sense-data theory a representationalist theory? Ratio, 27(4), pp. 369-392. (doi:10.1111/rati.12085)

Macpherson, F. (2013) Can science tell us that we smell? Comments on Richardson's "Favour, Taste, and Smell" (Mind & Language, 28(3): 322-341). Brains Blog,

Macpherson, F. (2012) Cognitive penetration of colour experience: rethinking the issue in light of an indirect mechanism. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 84(1), pp. 24-62. (doi:10.1111/j.1933-1592.2010.00481.x)

Macpherson, F. (2011) Cross-modal experiences. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 111(3), pp. 429-468. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9264.2011.00317.x)

Macpherson, F. (2011) Taxonomising the senses. Philosophical Studies, 153(1), pp. 123-142. (doi:10.1007/s11098-010-9643-8)

Macpherson, F. (2010) A disjunctive theory of introspection: a reflection on zombies and Anton's syndrome. Philosophical Issues, 20(1), pp. 226-265. (doi:10.1111/j.1533-6077.2010.00187.x)

Macpherson, F. (2006) Ambiguous figures and the content of experience. Nous, 40(1), pp. 82-117. (doi:10.1111/j.0029-4624.2006.00602.x)

Macpherson, F. (2006) Property dualism and the merits of solutions to the mind-body problem: a reply to Strawson. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 13(10-11), pp. 72-89.

Macpherson, F. (2005) Colour inversion problems for representationalism. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 70(1), pp. 127-152.

Macpherson, F. (2003) Novel colours and the content of experience. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 84(1), pp. 43-66. (doi:10.1111/1468-0114.00162)

Macpherson, F. (2002) The power of natural selection. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 9(8), pp. 30-35.

Macpherson, F. (1999) Perfect pitch and the implicit/explicit distinction. Anthropology and Philosophy, 3(2), pp. 89-101.

Macpherson, F., and Bermúdez, J.L. (1998) Nonconceptual content and the nature of perceptual experience. Electronic Journal of Analytic Philosophy, 6,

Book Sections

Macpherson, F. (2016) Representationalism: an introduction. In: Macpherson, F. and Platchais, D. (eds.) Representationalism. MIT Press. (In Press)

Macpherson, F. (2015) Cognitive penetration and nonconceptual content. In: Zeimbekis, J. and Raftopoulos, A. (eds.) The Cognitive Penetrability of Perception: New Philosophical Perspectives. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198738916

Macpherson, F. (2014) The space of sensory modalities. In: Stokes, D., Matthen, M. and Biggs, S. (eds.) Perception and its Modalities. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199832798

Macpherson, F. (2013) The philosophy and psychology of hallucination: an introduction. In: Macpherson, F. and Platchais, D. (eds.) Hallucination. MIT Press: Cambridge, MA, pp. 1-38. ISBN 9780262019200

Macpherson, F. (2012) A disjunctive theory of introspection. In: Sen, M. (ed.) Self-Knowledge and Agency. D.K. Printworld Ltd.: New Dehli, pp. 39-98. ISBN 9788186921593

Macpherson, F. (2011) Individuating the senses. In: Macpherson, F. (ed.) The Senses: Classic and Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives. Oxford University Press, pp. 3-46. ISBN 9780195385960

Macpherson, F. (2011) The admissible contents of experience. In: Macpherson, F. and Hawley, K. (eds.) The Admissible Contents of Experience. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 9781444333350

Macpherson, F. (2010) Impossible figures. In: Goldstein, E.B. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Perception. SAGE Publications, Inc. ISBN 9781412940818

Macpherson, F. (2009) Perception, Philosophical Perspectives. In: Bayne, T., Cleeremans, A. and Wilken, P. (eds.) Oxford Companion to Consciousness. Oxford University Press: Oxford. ISBN 9780198569510

Macpherson, F., and Haddock, A. (2008) Introduction: varieties of disjunctivism. In: Disjunctivism: Perception, Action, Knowledge. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199231546 (doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231546.003.0001)

Macpherson, F. (2007) Synaesthesia, Functionalism and Phenomenology. In: De Caro, M., Ferretti, F. and Marraffa, M. (eds.) Cartographies of the Mind. Philsophy and Psychology in Intersection. Series: Studies in brain and mind, 4. Springer Verlag. ISBN 9781402054433

Book Reviews

Macpherson, F. (2004) Review of A.D. Smith 'The Problem of Perception' (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2002). Philosophical Books, 45(3), pp. 256-257. [Book Review]

Macpherson, F. (2003) Review of M. Tye 'Consciousness, Color and Content', (Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 2000). Philosophical Quarterly, 53(213), pp. 619-621. [Book Review]

Macpherson, F. (1999) Review of P. Jacob What Minds Can Do: Intentionality in a Non-Intentional World. Philosophical Books, 40(3), pp. 184-185. [Book Review]

Edited Books

Macpherson, F. and Platchias, D., (Eds.) (2013) Hallucination: Philosophy and Psychology. MIT Press: Cambridge, MA, USA. ISBN 9780262019200

Hawley, K. and Macpherson, F., (Eds.) (2011) The Admissible Contents of Experience. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 9781444333350

Macpherson, F., (Ed.) (2011) The Senses: Classic and Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives. Series: Philosophy of mind. Oxford University Press: Oxford. ISBN 9780195385960

Haddock, A. and Macpherson, F., (Eds.) (2008) Disjunctivism: Perception, Action, Knowledge. Oxford University Press: Oxford. ISBN 9780199231546

This list was generated on Sat Oct 1 11:45:50 2016 BST.