A project examining our perception of language, pictures and music.
How does representation work?
We perceive representations in language, music and pictures by perceiving the sounds or objects that encode them. But how can perceiving one thing—a painting, for example—enable us to perceive another, e.g. the object depicted, and is there a common structure to our perception of visual and auditory representations?
In this project we draw upon recent philosophical and scientific research to evaluate the hypothesis that there is a common structure to the perception of speech, pictures and music. This affords an extraordinary opportunity to study linguistic, mimetic and musical representation together, and to develop a novel framework for understanding key issues about how representation works.
News and events
- Does Property-Perception Entail the Content View? (Wilson 2022) Aug. 30, 2022
- Windows on Time: Unlocking the Temporal Microstructure of Experience (Wilson 2022) May 24, 2022
- Book review in Mind Dec. 6, 2021
- MusicLab 8: Synaesthesia Dec. 6, 2021
The project ‘Perceiving Representations: A Study of Structural Commonalities between Language, Pictures and Music’ runs from 2018 to 2023 and is funded by The Research Council of Norway.
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. Show summary
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 Show summary
Wilson, Keith A. (2022). The Temporal Structure of Olfactory Experience. In Young, Benjamin & Keller, Andreas (Ed.), Theoretical Perspectives on Smell. Routledge. ISSN 9781032075884.