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The Home Page of
Gary Hatfield

Adam Seybert Professor in Moral and Intellectual Philosophy
Visual Studies Program

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

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; at HOPOS 2016, the 25th anniversary of the book was celebrated. In 2009, Perception and Cognition: Essays in the Philosophy of Psychology appeared from the Clarendon Press; a revised version of his book on Descartes' Meditations appeared in 2014.  In 2012, an edited volume (co-edited with the psychologist Sarah Allred) arising from an IRCS workshop on the constancies was published by 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 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.

Office Hours for Spring, 2018 (Cohen 422): Tues, 12-1pm; Thurs, 1-2pm, & by apptmt.

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Fall 2017
Phil 526, Philosophy of Psychology: Mind in Nature
Where is mind to be found in nature? Is it revealed by end-driven behavior, by mental contents, by the ability to perceive an external environment? This seminar will consider these and related questions as they arise in selected episodes from the history of philosophy and in contemporary discussions of the evolution of minds, brains, and behavior.
Readings from authors such as Dretske, M. Donald, Fodor, D. Lloyd, Neander.
Registration Notes
UNDERGRADUATES NEED PERMISSION (write to hatfield@sas.upenn.edu)
Link to brief syllabus.

Spring 2018
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.

Faculty Seminars and Working Groups

Papers in pdf format

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On-Line Publications

Review of John Bickle (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Neuroscience, Oxford UP, 2009, in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
Descartes, in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Papers On Line from IRCS.

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"lpr" the resulting file, specifying a printer if needed (e.g., lpr -Pcogsci 01-04.ps).

Links in History and Philosophy of Psychology

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Vision and Visual Studies

Early Modern Philosophy and Science

Philosophy of Science and Science Studies

Last modified 14 Jul 2017.
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