Instructor: Ned Block
Office hours: by appointment
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Attention and Mental Representation
Block, N. (2010). Attention and Mental Paint. Philosophical Issues: A Supplement to Nous, 20, 23-63.
Bill Brewer, Attention and Direct Realism, in Blockheads! Essays on Ned Block’s Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness. A. Pautz and D. Stoljar. Cambridge MA, MIT Press: 19-34.
Ned Block, The Direct Realist Approach to Illusion: Reply to Bill Brewer, in Blockheads! Essays on Ned Block’s Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness. A. Pautz and D. Stoljar. Cambridge MA, MIT Press:35-39
Perception, Attention and Accuracy
Adrienne Prettyman, (2019). "Perceptual precision." Philosophical Psychology 32(6): 925-946.
Sebastian Watzl, “Can representationism explain how attention affects appearances?” in Blockheads! Essays on Ned Block’s Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness. A. Pautz and D. Stoljar. Cambridge MA, MIT Press: 581-607
Ned Block, "Optimal Attention: Reply to Sebastian Watzl, in Blockheads! Essays on Ned Block’s Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness. A. Pautz and D. Stoljar. Cambridge MA, MIT Press: 609-615
Fiona Macpherson (2005). "Colour Inversion Problems for Representationalism." Philosophy and Phenomenological Research LXX(1): 127-152.
Susanna Schellenberg, Perceptual Particularity, Chapter 1 of (2018). The Unity of Perception: Content, Consciousness, Evidence Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Mark Sainsbury, (2019). Loar on lemons: the particularity of perception and singular perceptual content. Sensations, Thoughts, Language: Essays in Honor of Brian Loar. A. Sullivan, Routledge.
Ned Block, "Burge and Schellenberg on Singular Content", part of Chapter 3 of The Border Between Seeing and Thinking
Cognitive Theories of Consciousness
Matthias Michel and Jorge Morales, "Minority Reports: Consciousness and the Prefrontal Cortex", forthcoming in Mind and Language
Ned Block, " "What is wrong with the no-report paradigm and how to fix it", forthcoming in Trends in Cognitive Sciences.
Guest Class: Adam Pautz
Adam Pautz, Perception, Routledge forthcoming
Topic: Against the Internal Physical State View
Sections 2.4 & 2.5 (pp. 78-87)
Topic: For the Representational View
Section 1.11 (pp. 56-62)
Sections 3.1-3.2 (pp. 100-116.)
Topic: A Puzzle for Representationalism (Laws of Appearance)
Section 3.8 (pp. 137-144)
October 15th: Monday Schedule: no class
Guest Class: Gabbrielle Johnson
Burge's Model of Perception
Tyler Burge (2010). "Origins of Perception." Disputatio IV(29): 1-38.
Tyler Burge (2019). Psychological Content and Egocentric Indexes. Blockheads! Essays on Ned Block’s Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness. A. Pautz and D. Stoljar. Cambridge MA, MIT Press: 41-69.
The case for Modularity and Conceptual Perception
Guest Class: Eric Mandelbaum
Mandelbaum, E. (2017). "Seeing and Conceptualizing: Modularity and the Shallow Contents of Perception." Philosophy and Phenomenological Research XCVII(2): 267-283.
Mandelbaum, E. (2019). "Modularist explanations of experience and other illusions", Consciousness and Cognition 76
Guest Class: David Chalmers
Chalmers, D. (2019). Three Puzzles About Spatial Experience. Or here. Blockheads! Essays on Ned Block’s Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness. A. Pautz and D. Stoljar. Cambridge MA, MIT Press: 109-138.
Green, E. J. and G. O. Rabin (2019) "Use Your Illusion: Spatial Functionalism, Vision Science, and the Case Against Global Skepticism." Analytic Philosophy 0(0).
Guest Class: Rachel Denison
Probability and Perception
Kersten, D., Mamassian, P., & Yuille, A. (2004). Object perception as Bayesian inference. Annual Review of Psychology, 55, 271–304. http://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.psych.55.090902.142005
Ma, W. J., & Jazayeri, M. (2014). Neural coding of uncertainty and probability. Annual Review of Neuroscience, 37, 205–220. http://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-neuro-071013-014017
Guest class: Susanna Siegel
Probability and Perception
Susanna Siegel, "How can perceptual experience reflect uncertainty," forthcoming in Mind & Language
Does Perception have Rich Content or only Thin Content?
Guest class: Alex Byrne
Susanna Siegel and Alex Byrne, " Rich or Thin?" In Current Controversies in the Philosophy of Perception, ed. B. Nanay (Routledge, 2016)
Optional Background Readings:
Scholl, B. J. and T. Gao (2013). Perceiving animacy and intentionality: Visual processing or higher-level judgment? Social perception: Detection and interpretation of animacy, agency, and intention. Cambridge, MA, US, MIT Press: 197-229.
Bayne, T. (2016). "Gist!" Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 116(2).
Fish, W. (2013). "High-level properties and visual experience." Philosophical Studies 162(1).
Guest class: EJ Green
EJ Green, "The Perception-Cognition Border: A Case for Architectural Division," (or here)The Philosophical Review, forthcoming
Steven Gross (2017). "Cognitive penetration and attention." Frontiers in Psychology 8: 1-12.
EJ Green, "Binding and differentiation in multisensory object perception" (or here) forthcoming in Synthese
"Non-conceptual color perception", Chapter 6 of Block, The Border Between Seeing and Thinking
"Evidence that is wrongly taken to show that perception is conceptual," Chapter 8 of Block, The Border Between Seeing and Thinking