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PRIMARY RESEARCH

My primary areas of research concern the connections between the phenomenal character and the representational contents of perceptual experience as well as the bearing of various empirical results on these issues.  More specific projects focus on:


  • The grammar of consciousness: the claim that our experiences have an argument structure akin to the grammar of a language or the rules of composition for the representational elements in maps, models, and diagrams

  • Phenomenal schematics: the claim that the phenomenal structure of a perceptual experience constrains without fully determining the possible representational contents of that experience

  • Using the structure of phenomenal consciousness to partially understand what it might be like to have an experience that one has not had 

  • The varieties of spatial representation within and across sensory modalities (including biological and prosthetic sense modalities)

  • The diversity in the character of different subjects' perceptual experiences, even between "neurotypical" subjects

  • The use of amodal completion and other perceptual completion phenomena in understanding historical claims about the role of imagination in perception

 

SECONDARY AREAS OF RESEARCH

PHILOSOPHY OF MIND AND COGNITIVE SCIENCE

  • the relevance of work on complexity and modeling in the philosophy of science for realism about the propositional attitudes

  • pluralism about the mechanisms of causal judgement

MORAL PSYCHOLOGY

  • criticizing the claim that disability is inherently bad 

  • implicit biases in perception

MEDICAL ETHICS AND THE PHILOSOPHY OF PSYCHIATRY

  • the role of implicit bias in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain and psychiatric illness

  • the bearing of delusions on our understanding of the systematicity and compositionality of thought

OTHER PROJECTS

  • the use of schematic generality in understanding our commitments to logical truths across possible expansions of our languages

  • the role of mental imagery in film 

 

©2020 Brandon Ashby.  Personal photographs by Caroline King.