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The Home Page of
Gary Hatfield

Adam Seybert Professor in Moral and Intellectual Philosophy
Sector "A" Advisor,
Visual Studies
Department of Philosophy
University of Pennsylvania
Cohen Hall, Rm. 433
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6304
Phone #: 215-898-6346
Fax #: 215-898-5576 (cover sheet required)
E-address: hatfield (at) phil.upenn.edu

a picture appears here Gary Hatfield received the PhD from the
University of Wisconsin--Madison in 1979,
then taught at Harvard and Johns Hopkins before coming to Penn in 1987.
He works in the history of modern philosophy, the philosophy of psychology, theories of vision, and the philosophy of science.  In 1990 he published The Natural and the Normative: Theories of Spatial Perception from Kant to Helmholtz; his book on Descartes and the Meditations appeared in 2003; Perception and Cognition: Essays in the Philosophy of Psychology was published by the Clarendon Press in 2009.  In 2012, an edited volume (co-edited with the psychologist Sarah Allred) arising from an IRCS workshop on the constancies appeared from Oxford: Visual Experience.  The revised edition of his translation of Kant's Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics appeared in 2004.  He is a member of the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the Penn Perception group, and the History and Sociology of Science Graduate Group.  He has directed dissertations in history of philosophy, philosophy of psychology, and philosophy and history of science.  He has long been fascinated by visual perception and the mind–body problem.  For further information, consult Curriculum Vitae (selected [html] or full [pdf]) and research statement.

Event Nov 12, 2011: Modern Mind: Philosophical Conversations


Office Hours (Cohen 425): Spring, 2014, M 12-1, T 3-4, & by apptmt.


Fall 2013
Phil 223, Philosophy and Visual Perception
We start by surveying central issues in the philosophy of perception. We then consider the nature of object perception and the representational relation between images and things imaged (e.g., between pictures and what they represent), including the characteristics of linear perspective and its status as arbitrary convention or optically and naturally based system of representation. Readings from Metzger, Panofsky, Goodman, others.

Phil 530, Perception and Evolution
How do we perceive an objective environment? Is there a subjective component that enables such perception? The seminar considers these questions as addressed in recent books by Burge and Thompson, and also in relation to work on the evolution and physiology of color perception.

Spring 2014
VLST 101, Eye, Mind & Image (TR 10:30) (with Prof. Leja)
Satisfies GenEd IV (Humanities and Social Sciences) or VII (Natural Science and Mathematics). About VLST 101.

PHIL 004, History of Modern Philosophy
A study of metaphysics and epistemology of selected major figures in early modern philosophy, including Descartes, Berkeley, Hume, Reid, and Kant. Brief syllabus.

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Faculty Seminars and Working Groups

Papers in pdf format

On-Line Publications

a picture appears here Review of John Bickle (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Neuroscience, Oxford UP, 2009, in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.

Papers On Line from IRCS.

The papers are compressed and formatted as postscript input to a printer. After downloading, run the unix command "gunzip" (e.g., gunzip 01-04.ps.gz or gunzip 96-05.ps.Z); "lpr" the resulting file, specifying a printer if needed (e.g., lpr -Pcogsci 01-04.ps).

Links in History and Philosophy of Psychology

Vision and Visual Studies

Early Modern Philosophy and Science

Philosophy of Science and Science Studies

Last modified 9 July 2012.
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