Crossmodal perception in the arts
Casey O'Callaghan (Rice University)

February 20, 2014, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Centre for Philosophical Psychology, University of Antwerp


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When: February 20, 4-6pm

Where: Annex, Building R, Stadcampus, Antwerp

Who: Casey O'Callaghan (Rice  University)



Crossmodal perception in the arts   It is natural to divide the arts into two classes. The first are unimodal art forms, or those whose aesthetically relevant features are perceptible through one sense modality. Potential examples of unimodal art forms are visual arts and music. The second are multimodal art forms, or those whose aesthetically relevant features are perceptible through multiple sensory modalities. Examples of multimodal art forms are opera, movies, and dance. In this talk, I discuss what it could mean to be a unimodal or a multimodal art form. Then, I explore several distinct forms of multimodal perception which reveal aesthetically relevant features of works of art. Finally, I develop an argument based on crossmodal perceptual phenomena that there are no unimodal art forms.

Upcoming events:


Spring 2014 Speaker series: Aesthetics as Philosophy of Perception:


February 27: Jerrold Levinson (University of Maryland)

March 6: Catharine Abell (University of Manchester)

March 13: Christopher Peacocke (Columbia)

March 20: Catherine Wilson (University of York) - the 3rd Annual Marc Jeannerod Lecture

April 3: Rob Hopkins (University of Sheffield/NYU)

May 8: Dom Lopes (University of British Columbia)

My 15: Alva Noë (University of California, Berkeley)

May 22: Jenefer Robinson (University of Cincinnati)


Upcoming workshops and conferences:


March 12: Workshop on action phenomenology

May 12-13: Conference on the representationalism vs. relationalism debate

June 10-11: Conference on nonpropositional and imagistic content

June 25-26: Symposium with Philip Kitcher

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