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Philosophy of Perception
PHIL 363
Spring 2022 not offered

Roughly, perception is the cognitive activity embodied creatures engage in in order to find out things about their environment. In the most basic sense, perception involves conscious awareness of something other than ourselves, which causally depends on sensory organs (our eyes, ears, nose, etc.) being stimulated by something external to our physical body. In this course, we will explore the several different "levels" at which philosophers think about perception and the different questions being asked. At the metaphysical level, the central question is: What kind of "things" do we perceive? What is perceptual awareness of? At the epistemological level, we will deal with the question: can we gain knowledge about the world through perception? Finally, at the psychological level, we will ask: How do the psychological processes--studied by sciences like cognitive science, neuroscience, physiology, etc.-- relate to the metaphysical and epistemological questions?
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS PHIL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

Last Updated on DEC-09-2022
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