Philosophy Of Perception PHIL5090
- Academic Session: 2020-21
- School: School of Humanities
- Credits: 20
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Semester 2
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
- Available to Erasmus Students: No
The course will look at theories of perception and perceptual experience that have been developed over the last fifty years, such as sense-datum accounts, doxastic theories, causal theories and disjunctive conceptions, and modern representationalist theories
2 x 1 hour lectures per week for 9 weeks, plus 4 tutorials. The course may not run every year. The options running this session are available on MyCampus.
Requirements of Entry
Standard entry to Masters at College level.
■ Two essays of 1500-2000 words - 50%.
This course aims to:
■ Introduce students to contemporary analytic philosophy of perception.
■ To familiarize the student with the main argumentative moves prevailing in the Philosophy of Perception.
■ To familiarize the student with the principal doctrines in the Philosophy of Perception, including sense-data theory, representationalism, and naïve realism
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
■ Discuss critically several of the major theories of perception and perceptual experience that have been developed over the last fifty years
■ Explain different accounts of the nature of the mental states that occur during perceptual processes, and of how perception can lead to knowledge or justified belief;
■ Assess whether these theories provide a suitable account of the epistemology of perception;
■ Critically assess theories about the nature of colour;
■ Evaluate hypotheses concerning the nature of and relation between experiences in different sensory modalities.
Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits
Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.