[SydPhil] UOW Philosophy Research Presents (Dr. Zoe Drayson)

michael kirchhoff michael.david.kirchhoff at gmail.com
Fri Nov 3 07:17:50 AEDT 2017

UOW Philosophy Research Presents:
Naturalism and the Metaphysics of Perception

Speaker: Dr. Zoe Drayson (UC Davies)
Date: 7 November 2017
Time: 15.30-16.45
Venue: Building 19 room 1093

What's the relationship between scientific theories of perception (e.g.
ecological theories, constructivist theories) and metaphysical theories of
perception (e.g. naive realism, representationalism)? On a naturalist
approach to philosophy, our metaphysical theories can and should be
informed by our best scientific theories. In this paper I argue that if we
are naturalists, we need to be more transparent about how this process
works. I draw on recent attempts by Andy Clark and Jakob Hohwy to 'read
off' the metaphysics of perception from the scientific theory of
hierarchical predictive processing, and argue that further justification is
required for our naturalist metaphysical conclusions, and further
elucidation of the nature of the metaphysical claims being made.

Aimed at staff and postgraduates, but open to all.

Best wishes,

*Dr. Michael D. Kirchhoff *
Lecturer in Philosophy
School of Humanities and Social Enquiry
Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
University of Wollongong NSW 2522
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