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 of perception, and in particular the spatial and temporal structure of multisensory experience
  • perceptual appearances and representational content
  • the metaphysics and consciousness of time and temporal passage
  • the philosophy of psychology and cognitive science
  • the work of Thomas Reid, on whose account of visual perception I have published.

I am currently visiting the Philosophy of Neuroscience Group at the University of Tübingen (April–October 2022), where I am researching the temporal structure of multisensory experience.

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Prior to becoming a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oslo in January 2019, I was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh (2017–18) where I taught undergraduate and Masters level courses in the 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, Autumn 2021, and am currently co-teaching the Philosophy of Perception: Ancient and Contemporary Perspectives Hauptseminar at the University of Tübingen.

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Awards and funding

  • Funding for Research Stay Abroad for Postdoctoral Fellows, Research Council of Norway, University of Oslo, 2021–2023
  • Perceiving Properties in a World of Objects (collaborator) (, John Fell Fund, University of Oxford, 2019–2021
  • Teaching Award Nomination, Best Overall Teacher, University of Edinburgh Students’ Association, 2019
  • Teaching Award Nomination, Best Student Feedback, University of Edinburgh Students’ Association, 2018
  • John Templeton Foundation grant 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 for outreach activities at Glasgow Science Festival, 2016
  • Student-Led Teaching Award for Outstanding Support for the Learning Experience of Students, University of Sussex, 2014
  • Ede and Ravenscroft Prize for Academic Excellence and Outstanding Contribution to the Department and University Life, University of York, 2005


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 (

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Tags: Philosophy, Philosophy of mind, Perception, Representation, The senses, Philosophy of psychology


  • Wilson, Keith A. (2022). The Temporal Structure of Olfactory Experience. In Young, Benjamin & Keller, Andreas (Ed.), Theoretical Perspectives on Smell. Routledge. ISSN 0000000000.
  • 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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