Funding news!

We are very pleased indeed to announce that we have been awarded a grant by the Templeton-funded New Directions in the Study of Mind project. This grant will fund our project ‘Purpose and Procedure in Philosophy of Perception’, led by Heather Logue (Leeds). We will hold six workshops on a variety of methodological issues in the philosophy of perception and a two day international conference: watch this space for more details on these events! Read more about our new project, here.

Titles and abstracts for Leeds Workshop (December 17th 2014)

Donnchadh O’Conaill (Leeds)

Temporal Modes of Presentation

There are two main theories of how it is possible to have direct experience of temporally extended events or processes. On the Extensional Theory, in order to have experience of extended events our experiences must themselves be extended through time. Barry Dainton has developed this into the Overlap Theory, where successive extended experiences are related to each other by sharing parts. The second theory, Intentionalism, explains the experience of extended events by appeal to temporal modes of presentation under which an event can be experienced (as ‘occurring now’, as ‘having just happened’, etc). I shall argue these two theories need not be opposed in the way that proponents of each have assumed. The Extensional Theory can incorporate temporal modes of presentation, and Intentionalism can allow that successive experiences overlap. The result is a hybrid account of time-consciousness which promises to inherit the strengths of both the Overlap Theory and Intentionalism.

Helen Yetter-Chappell (York)

Leaving it Open: From Sparse Experiences to Sparse Reality

I argue that both experiences [perceptual and mental imagery] and reality can be a great deal more sparse than you might initially believe. There can be experiences that are determinately phenomenally warm-colored, but not any particular warm shade; there can be experiences of objects standing in spatial relations to one another, but not any particular spatial relations; there can be experiences of triangles that are neither equilateral, isosceles, nor scalene, for the relationships between the lengths of sides and angles are left open. Further, for each such “sparse” experience, there is a corresponding possible world. There are possible worlds in which objects stand in spatial relations to one another, but not any particular spatial relations – e.g. in which one object is determinately above another, but where their horizontal positions are left open. There are possible worlds in which there are triangles that are neither equilateral, isosceles, nor scalene.

17th December 2014: Leeds workshop

We’re pleased to be able to announce the details of our third workshop! The workshop will take place in Leeds (precise venue tba) and is open to staff and graduate students at Durham, Hull, Leeds and York. To register, email Heather Logue:


11.15-12.30: Donnchadh O’Conaill (Leeds)

12.30-1.30: lunch

1.30-2.45: Helen Yetter-Chappell (York)

2.45-3.15: tea/coffee

3.15-4.30: Matthew Nudds (Warwick)
“Auditory Appearances”

5.00- drinks and dinner

2nd (S)PIN Workshop: Perception and Pictorial Experience: CHANGE OF DATE

Our second workshop will be now be in Durham on July 25th 2014. Apologies for any inconvenience caused by this change of date.

Faculty and graduate students from York, Leeds, Durham and Hull are very welcome to attend and should email Clare Mac Cumhaill ( to register or with any questions.


July 25th

University of Durham

(10.15-11.45  (S)PIN committee meeting)

12.00-1.15   Clare Mac Cumhaill (Durham)

‘Objects, Canvasses and Seeing Out’


2.45-4.00   Helen Bradley (York)

‘Inflected Pictorial Experience and Artistic Style’

4.15-5.30   Paloma Atencia Linares (Kent)

‘Experiencing Photographs. From perception to memory’

Drinks and Dinner