The philosophical questions about the nature of consciousness and perceptual experience are not merely intriguing. The answers to these questions bear on our understanding of conscious life. During my studies, I was able to engage with such issues from different viewpoints; from philosophy to neuroscience, via psychology. This interdisciplinary approach has been precious for getting a better sense of what is at stake. At the moment, I am interested in assessing the role played by some metaphysical assumptions in debates about consciousness. I am confident that a clarification of the background ontology might clear the way for addressing some problems.
Currently, I am a member of the Glasgow-based Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience (CSPE), led by Professor Fiona Macpherson.
CSPE facilitates analytical philosophical and empirical research into the nature of perceptual experience. Its researchers often work in an interdisciplinary manner drawing on philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, psychiatry, and human–computer interaction.
The personnel of the centre conduct and publish research, often based on the conferences, workshops and reading groups that we organise. We have research links to many research groups in the UK, Europe and North America working on the nature of perception and we frequently host academic visitors from around the world.
For more information about current and past research projects and collaborations at the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience, please see the links below.
The Centre welcomes visiting scholars and graduate students. Further details of how to apply, along with potential funding opportunities, may be found here.