Keith A Wilson
I’m a Philosopher of Mind and Perception whose research interests include the metaphysics of perception, the nature perceptual appearances and perceptual representation, and the spatial and temporal structure of multisensory experience.
Other interests include the philosophy of psychology and cognitive science, epistemology of perception, metaphysics and consciousness of time and temporal passage, and the philosophy of Thomas Reid, on whose account of visual perception I have published in The Philosophical Quarterly (details below).
Prior to becoming a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oslo in 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 also taught philosophy at the Universities of Sussex (2013–14) and Glasgow (2014–17) where I was a postdoctoral researcher on the AHRC-funded Rethinking the Senses project (thesenses.ac.uk), and postdoctoral investigator on the John Templeton Foundation-funded Synchronising the Senses project (gla.ac.uk).
I completed my doctorate, which analysed arguments for and against representational views of perceptual experience, at the University of Warwick in 2013 under the supervision of Professors Bill Brewer and Matthew Soteriou.
See here (keithwilson.net) for further information.
Awards and funding
- 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 (gla.ac.uk) (June–Sept. 2017) via the University of Cambridge’s New Directions in the Study of the Mind initiative
- 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
Public engagement and 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 (illusionsindex.org), a searchable database of perceptual illusions with philosophical and scientific commentary, and am active on Twitter (twitter.com) where my account was ranked as one of the top 25 for philosophy (truesciphi.org).
Details of my other public engagement and outreach activities can be found on my website (keithwilson.net).
Articles and book chapters
Wilson, Keith A. (2018). ‘Are the Senses Silent? Travis’s Argument from Looks’. In J. Collins & T. Dobler (eds.), The Philosophy of Charles Travis: Language, Thought, and Perception. Oxford University Press, pp. 199–221.
Wilson, Keith A., & Fiona Macpherson (2018). ‘The Senses’. In D. Pritchard (ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy. Oxford University Press, May 2018.
Wilson, Keith A., & Roberta Locatelli (2017). ‘Introduction: Perception Without Representation’. Topoi 36 (2): 197–212.
Wilson, Keith A. (2013). ‘Reid’s Direct Realism and Visible Figure’. The Philosophical Quarterly 63 (253): 783–803.
Wilson, Keith (2007). ‘Does Attention Exist?’. British Journal of Undergraduate Philosophy 2 (2): 153–68.
Wilson, Keith A., & Roberta Locatelli (eds.) (2017). Guest-Edited Special Issue on ‘Perception Without Representation’. Topoi 36 (2). Includes papers by Bill Brewer, Berit Brogaard, Jérôme Dokic & Jean-Rémy Martin, Naomi Eilan, Ivan Ivanov, J. A. Judge, M. G. F. Martin, Michael O’Sullivan and Charles Travis.
Wilson, Keith A. (2014). Review of Charles Travis, Perception: Essays After Frege. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2014 (4).
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