About

I am a professor of philosophy at Oberlin College.  My research is focused on sensory processes in animals, plants, fungi…

As an undergraduate philosophy major at UC Davis, I concentrated on ancient philosophy with John Malcolm and Michael Wedin.  I then went to Cornell University to continue studies of the ancients with Terry Irwin and Gail Fine.  While at Cornell, I took classes from Sydney Shoemaker and developed a strong interest in philosophy of perception.  Although I still teach history of philosophy, my research is now centered on contemporary issues in philosophy of perception.

These days I am preoccupied with broad questions about sensory capacities. Recently my focus has been on the idea that sensory states are subject to normative assessment in terms of accuracy. I am interested in understanding the source of the normative standards governing sensory states.

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