Space, Time and Molyneux’s Question


Speaker: Louise Richardson
Date: Thursday 26 February 2015 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Venue: University of Warwick, , CV4 7AL
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Room H0.02, Humanities Building

Whatever the answer to Molyneux’s question is, it is certainly not obvious that the answer is ‘yes’. In contrast, it seems clear that we should answer affirmatively a temporal variation on Molyneux’s question, introduced by Gareth Evans. I offer a phenomenological explanation of this asymmetry in our responses to the two questions. This explanation appeals to the modality-specific spatial structure of perceptual experience and its amodal temporal structure. On this explanation, there are differences in the perception of spatial properties in different modalities, but these differences do not stand in the way of the objectivity of perceptual experience.