PPIG: "Touching Experiences"

Monday, November 16, 2015
Room G.8, Neuroscience Building, 1 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JZ
Event type: 
Reading Groups

Prof Helen Steward (University of Leeds) on "Touching Experiences".

Abstract: In his paper, 'The Sense of Touch', Brian O'Shaughnessy argues for the striking thesis that tactile sensation is inessential to tactile perception. In this talk, I shall try to establish just what O'Shaughnessy means by this claim, and why he believes it, and then will try to argue both against the claim, and against O'Shaughnessy's arguments for it. I shall, however, suggest that there are reasons for endorsing the thesis, explicitly denied by O'Shaughnessy, that sensation is inessential to visual perception – and that this difference between vision and touch may be crucial to understanding the nature of vision as a distal sense.