Philosophy for Lunch (on Zoom) - "Seeing Through the Veil of Perception"
Indirect realists, as the name suggests, claim that we do not perceive the physical world directly. Instead, we perceive it only by means of perceiving mental proxies or mental representations. This view has a distinguished history, and it still exists in various corners of philosophy and the sciences. Though many disagree with it, virtually all regard it as coherent––it does not contain any internal contradiction. A.D. Smith disagrees. He argues that indirect realists cannot coherently claim that there is a physical world beyond the senses. In this P4L, we’re going to explore Smith’s argument and try to figure out whether indirect realism is actually incoherent.
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11:30AM EST–12:30PM—every Thursday. We will open the meetings at 11:15AM—come early!
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• What is P4L?
Students, professors, and other philosophy enthusiasts close-read and discuss a few great passages of philosophy.
• Who’s invited?
No preparation or previous knowledge of philosophy is needed. Everyone is welcome!
• Should I bring anything?
Bring a beverage, and if you’re hungry, bring your actual lunch.