BPPA Masterclass on Naive Realism and Its Challenges

October 8, 2016
Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick

Cowling Room, S2.77
Social Sciences Building, University of Warwick
Coventry CV47AL
United Kingdom

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  • Analysis Trust
  • Mind Association
  • Warwick Humanities Research Centre

Keynote speakers:

Craig French
Cambridge University
Mark Kalderon
University College London


Giulia Martina
University of Warwick
Simon Wimmer
University of Warwick

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Call for Registration: BPPA Masterclass on Naïve Realism and Its Challenges
Saturday 8th of October 2016
University of Warwick, Warwick Mind and Action Research Centre
Social Sciences Building, S2.77 Cowling Room

Until recently, the idea that perceptual experiences are representational states was dominant, if not unquestioned. An alternative view has been advanced by Naïve realists (Martin 2002, 2004; Fish 2009; Campbell 2002; Brewer 2011). The central claim of Naïve realism is that perceptual experiences should be construed as constitutively involving relations of awareness or acquaintance to mind-independent objects in the world. While Naïve realism is often put forward as a negative claim–in opposition to the notion of perceptual representational content (Travis 2004)–positive motivations have also been offered. For one, Naïve realism is meant offers the best explanation of the phenomenal character of perception and its transparency (Martin 1998, 2002), the role of perception in grounding demonstrative (Campbell 2002) and conceptual thought (Travis 2013). But is Naïve realism a convincing alternative to more traditional theories of perception? Can the theory satisfactorily account for all the phenomena we want a theory of perception to explain? Our BPPA masterclass is devoted to articulating some of the explanatory challenges Naïve realism faces and to exploring possible solutions.

If you want to attend this masterclass, please register at bppa.naiverealism@gmail.com. There is no registration fee; everyone is welcome. (If applicable, please let us know about any dietary requirements.)

9:30 Arrival and registration

10:00–10:30 Alexander P. Moran (Cambridge): Against Epistemic Disjunctivism
10:30–10:45 Response: tbc (Warwick)
10:45–11:15 Q&A

11:15–11:30 Coffee

11:30–12:15 Mark E. Kalderon (UCL): Realism and Perceptual Appearance
12:15–12:45 Q&A

12:45 Lunch / Coffee

13:30–14:00 Pawel Zieba (Cracow): Naïve Realism and Epistemological Disjunctivism
14:00–14:15 Response: Alfonso Anaya (Warwick)
14:15–14:45 Q&A

14:45 Coffee

15:15–15:45 Thomas J. Breed (Pittsburgh): Adverbialist Relationalism
15:45–16:00 Response: Giulia Martina (Warwick)
16:00–16:30 Q&A

16:30 Coffee

17:00–17:45 Craig French (Nottingham): Austerity and Illusion (w/Ian Philips)
17:45–18:15 Q&A

18:30 Workshop dinner @ Le Gusta    

Supported by:
Analysis Trust
Mind Association
Warwick Humanities Research Centre
Warwick Philosophy Department

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