Keith A. Wilson

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - IFIKK
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I’m a Philosopher of Mind and Perception, and postdoc on the Perceiving Representations project.

My research interests include

  • the metaphysics and epistemology of perception
  • the spatial and temporal structure of multisensory experience
  • the metaphysics and consciousness of time and temporal passage
  • philosophy of psychology and cognitive science
  • the Scottish Enlightenment philosopher Thomas Reid, on whose account of visual perception I have published.

I am currently visiting the Institute of Philosophy at the University of London (October 2022–January 2023), where I am conducting research on the philosophy of olfaction and the temporal structure of experience.

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Prior to becoming a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oslo in 2019, I was a Teaching Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh (2017–18) where I taught undergraduate and Masters level courses in Philosophy of Mind and Perception.

I have previously taught philosophy at the Universities of Sussex (2013–14) and Glasgow (2014–17) where I was a Postdoctoral Researcher on the Rethinking the Senses project (, funded by the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council, and Postdoctoral Investigator on the Synchronising the Senses project (, funded by the John Templeton Foundation.

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I taught on FIL2108 Philosophy of Psychology, 2021, and the Philosophy of Perception: Ancient and Contemporary Perspectives block seminar at the University of Tübingen, 2022.

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Awards and funding

  • Research Stay Abroad for Postdoctoral Fellow, a one-year research visit to the Institute of Philosophy, London, and Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN), Tübingen, funded by the Research Council of Norway via the Perceiving Representations project (1,338,000 NOK), University of Oslo, 2021–2023
  • Perceiving Properties in a World of Objects (collaborator) (, John Fell Fund, University of Oxford, 2019–2021
  • Edinburgh University Teaching Award Nomination, Best Overall Teacher, University of Edinburgh Students’ Association, 2019
  • Edinburgh University Teaching Award Nomination, Best Student Feedback, University of Edinburgh Students’ Association, 2018
  • John Templeton Foundation, awarded £10,000 (120,000 NOK) for Synchronising the Senses project ( via the University of Cambridge’s New Directions in the Study of the Mind initiative, 2017
  • Wellcome Trust ISSF Public Engagement Bursary, awarded £600 (7,200 NOK) for public outreach activities at Glasgow Science Festival, 2016
  • Scots Philosophical Association Conference Support Grant for a workshop on ‘Perception and Cognition: Top-Down Influences in Perceptual Experience’, 2015
  • Student-Led Teaching Award for Outstanding Support for the Learning Experience of Students, University of Sussex, 2014
  • Analysis Trust, Aristotelian Society and Mind Association Conference Grants for MindGrad Conference, University of Warwick, 2009
  • AHRC Doctoral Funding, University of Warwick, 2008
  • University of Warwick Ph.D. Fellowship (offered), 2008
  • AHRC Postgraduate Award, St Andrews and Stirling Graduate Programme (SASP), 2007
  • Ede and Ravenscroft Prize for Academic Excellence and Outstanding Contribution to the Department and University Life, University of York, 2005

Public outreach

I strongly believe in increasing the public awareness and understanding of philosophy, and am available to comment on a range of issues including

  • perception and the senses
  • philosophy of science and the mind (esp. psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, and the nature and experience of time), and
  • the relevance of philosophy and philosophical debate to wider society.

I co-designed The Illusions Index (, a searchable database of perceptual illusions with philosophical and scientific commentary, and have published several popular philosophy articles (see Publications > Other below).

I am also active on Twitter, where my personal account is ranked among the top 100 accounts for philosophy (, and Mastodon.

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Tags: Philosophy, Philosophy of mind, Perception, Representation, The senses, Philosophy of psychology, Cognition, Cognitive Science, consciousness, Epistemology, Metaphysics


  • Wilson, Keith A. (2022). The Temporal Structure of Olfactory Experience. In Young, Benjamin & Keller, Andreas (Ed.), Theoretical Perspectives on Smell. Routledge. ISSN 9781032075884.
  • Wilson, Keith A. (2022). Does Property-Perception Entail the Content View? Erkenntnis: An International Journal of Scientific Philosophy. ISSN 0165-0106. doi: 10.1007/s10670-022-00559-1. Full text in Research Archive
  • Wilson, Keith A. (2022). Windows on Time: Unlocking the Temporal Microstructure of Experience. Review of Philosophy and Psychology. ISSN 1878-5158. doi: 10.1007/s13164-022-00632-2. Full text in Research Archive
  • Wilson, Keith A. (2022). The Auditory Field: The Spatial Character of Auditory Experience. Ergo - An Open Access Journal of Philosophy. ISSN 2330-4014. In press.
  • Wilson, Keith A. (2021). Individuating the Senses of ‘Smell’: Orthonasal versus Retronasal Olfaction. Synthese. ISSN 0039-7857. 199, p. 4217–4242. doi: 10.1007/s11229-020-02976-7. Full text in Research Archive
  • Wilson, Keith A. & Macpherson, Fiona (2018). The Senses. In Pritchard, Duncan (Eds.), Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy. Oxford Bibliographies. ISSN 9780195396577. doi: 10.1093/OBO/9780195396577-0368.
  • Wilson, Keith A. (2018). Are the Senses Silent? Travis’s Argument from Looks. In Collins, John & Dobler, Tamara (Ed.), The Philosophy of Charles Travis: Language, Thought, and Perception. Oxford University Press. ISSN 9780198783916. p. 199–221. doi: 10.1093/oso/9780198783916.003.0010. Full text in Research Archive
  • Locatelli, Roberta & Wilson, Keith A. (2017). Perception Without Representation [Guest-Edited Special Issue]. Topoi. ISSN 0167-7411. 36(2), p. 197–364.
  • Locatelli, Roberta & Wilson, Keith A. (2017). Introduction: Perception Without Representation. Topoi. ISSN 0167-7411. 36(2), p. 197–212. doi: 10.1007/s11245-017-9460-1. Full text in Research Archive
  • Wilson, Keith A. (2013). Reid’s Direct Realism and Visible Figure. The Philosophical Quarterly. ISSN 0031-8094. 63(253), p. 783–803. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9213.2013.02002.x.
  • Wilson, Keith (2007). Does Attention Exist? British Journal of Undergraduate Philosophy. ISSN 1748-9393. 2(2), p. 153–168.

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  • Wilson, Keith A. (2021). How Many Senses? Multisensory Perception Beyond the Five Senses. Sabah Ülkesi. ISSN 2195-6456. 66(January 2021), p. 76–79.
  • Locatelli, Roberta & Wilson, Keith A. (2017). Erratum to Introduction: Perception Without Representation. Topoi. ISSN 0167-7411. 36(2), p. 213–213. doi: 10.1007/s11245-017-9489-1.
  • Wilson, Keith (2013). Perception and Reality. New Philosopher. ISSN 2201-7151. 1(2), p. 104–107.
  • Wilson, Keith A. (2013). Review of Perception: Essays after Frege by Charles Travis. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. ISSN 1538-1617.

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Published Jan. 9, 2019 2:38 PM - Last modified Dec. 5, 2022 5:14 PM