Research

Overview

My research concerns the metaphysics of perceptual experience, focusing in particular on:

    1. Perceptual appearances, or ‘looks’, and representational content
    2. Multisensory perception and individuating the senses
    3. The spatial and temporal structure of perceptual experience.

All three themes were combined in my Synchronising the Senses project, funded by the John Templeton Foundation via the University of Cambridge’s New Directions in the Study of the Mind initiative.

Projects

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher on the Perceiving Representations project at the University of Oslo, where I am researching the implications of music and speech perception for the metaphysics and temporal structure of perceptual experience.

I am a collaborator on the Perceiving Properties project at the University of Oxford (2019–21), and was previously a postdoc on the Rethinking the Senses project at the University of Glasgow (2014–2017), where I co-authored an Oxford Bibliographies entry on the senses with Fiona Macpherson.

I have also co-edited a special issue of the journal Topoi on the subject of Perception Without Representation with Roberta Locatelli of the University of Tübingen.

In my PhD thesis, I argued that constraints upon our ability to recognise the contents of our experience rule out many apparently plausible accounts of experiential content and phenomenal character, i.e. what perceptual experience is subjectively like, as summarised in my paper on Travis’s argument from looks.

Other interests

My other research interests include:

  • the philosophy of psychology and cognitive science
  • epistemology of perception
  • the metaphysics and consciousness of time and temporal passage (on which I wrote my MLitt dissertation)
  • the Scottish Enlightenment philosopher Thomas Reid, on whose account of visual perception I have published in The Philosophical Quarterly.
Photo: Sebastian Sanhueza, ESPP 2018