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Workshop in Istanbul on “Seeing and Disjunctivism” with Sofia Miguens and Charles Travis (22/05/2015)

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Koç University Philosophy Department Presents

Seeing & Disjunctivism 

with Sofia Miguens and Charles Travis

on Friday May 22nd, 14:30 – 18:00

at Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, İstiklal Cad. No:181, Beyoğlu

[Please note that the event will take place off campus.] 



“Is seeing judging? Conceptions of perceptual experience and motivations for disjunctivism”

Sofia Miguens- University of Porto

Abstract: In order to assess commitments of different uses of the notion of representation in conceiving of perceptual experience I focus on the John McDowell-Tyler Burge controversy over disjunctivism and perceptual psychology (Burge 2005, McDowell 2011, Burge 2011, McDowell 2013 a, McDowell 2013b; also Burge 2003). Going through McDowell’s responses to Burge I analyse motivations for disjunctivism and discuss some claims, both tenable and untenable, that seeing (or experiencing, in general) is judging.


“The Room in a View”

Charles Travis- King’s College London & University of Porto

Abstract: Between 1946 and 1949 Wittgenstein took up the topic of seeing-as for a second time (the first in the Tractatus). This time it is interwoven with discussions of many more parts of mental life. Why the interest? And why the setting? Two motives: 1) to correct the Tractatus’ mistaken view (of seeing-as, and of representation) 2) to explore the work of meeting Frege’s challenge: in an account of mental life, always to respect the essential publicity of thought. Two lessons which emerge: 1) the importance of distinguishing two forms of authority: expert and executive. 2) Motivations for ‘disjunctivism’ (not that Wittgenstein was a disjunctivist). A third: the importance of what Frege saw and young Wittgenstein missed.


Written by Lucas Thorpe

May 12, 2015 at 12:32 pm

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