North American Rain Forest


Alistair Isaac is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Philosophy Department at the University of Pennsylvania, where he works with Gary Hatfield on the NSF project "Measurement and Isomorphism in the Psychology of Perception: A Historical Approach to the Problem of Representation." He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy with a specialization in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University in 2010. His dissertation on The Informational Content of Perceptual Experience was advised by Patrick Suppes and John Perry and developed an account of the content of color experience based on an analogy with the theory of measurement. The upshot of this research was a form of structural realism for color perception able to account for perceptual error without appealing to teleology (see Research for more details). In addition to Cognitive Science and Philosophy of Psychology, he also works in general Philosophy of Science and on formal models of Bounded Rationality.