Departmental Seminar: "Contours and Explanations"
Professor Michael Martin (University of Oxford)
Departmental Seminar Series
Thursday, 14 February 2019, 12pm to 1pm
Worcester College 1 Walton St Oxford OX1 2HB
Hosted by Kia Nobre
Philosophical discussion of explanation in perceptual science commonly focuses on the so-called ‘hard problem of consciousness’ which emphasizes the lack of an explanation of phenomenal facts in neurological and computational accounts of the brain. But here I want to look at some cases where theorists purport to have explanations of some aspects of our experience. The real puzzle here, I want to suggest, is not rejecting the purported explanations, but finding an appropriate setting for why they count as explanations.