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Philosophy of perception

A philosophy of perception symposium gathering around ten international specialists in perceptual plasticity will take place on May 9 and 10, 2024, at the Sciences Complex – MIL Campus of the Université de Montréal (1375 Thérèse-Lavoie-Roux Ave; metro Acadie) in room B-2416. Participation is free and open to the public.

Throughout our lives, our senses continuously transform through a vast array of personal and subpersonal processes. These changes—owing to various factors, including genetics, growth, aging, maturation, development, learning, interpersonal relationships, interactions with the environment, and intersensory relations—influence how we perceive people, objects, and events. The transformation of perceptual experience resulting from these changes might be termed ‘perceptual plasticity.’ But what is the phenomenology of these changes? The conference aims to analyze the personal character of long-term sensory transformations.

Organized by Maxime Doyon (Université de Montréal), the event will feature Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis), Søren Overgaard (University of Copenhagen), Maren Wehrle (Erasmus School of Philosophy), Matt Bower (Texas State University), Christine Tappolet (Université de Montréal), Luc Faucher (UQÀM), Ana Gomez-Carrillo Castro (McGill University), David Morris (Concordia University), Pierre Poirier (UQÀM), and Jonathan Simon (Université de Montréal).