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Dr Richard Gray - BSc (Open); MPhil (Cantab); PhD (Edin)

Overview

Dr Richard Gray Position: Senior Lecturer Email: GrayR@cf.ac.uk
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 75416
Extension: 75416
Location: John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cathays, Cardiff

Research Group

Philosophy

Research Interests

Philosophy of Perception; Philosophy of Mind; Philosophy of Language

Selected Publications

Gray, R. (forthcoming) ‘On the contrast in contrast cases’, in Phenomenal Presence, (eds) F. Dorsch, M. Nida-Rumelin & F. Macpherson, Oxford: OUP.

Gray, R. (forthcoming) ‘Imagination and Embodiment’, in Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind: Beyond Art Theory and the Cartesian Mind-Body Dichotomy, (ed.) A. Scarinzi, Springer.

Gray, R. (2012) What do our Experiences of Heat and Cold Represent? Philosophical Studies 2012. DOI: 10.1007/s11098-012-0083-5

Gray, R. (2012) Is There a Space of Sensory Modalities? Erkenntnis 2012. DOI: 10.1007/s10670-012-9409-0

Gray, R (2011) ‘On the nature of the senses’ in The Senses: Classical and Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives, (ed.) F. Macpherson, Oxford: OUP.

Gray, R. (2010) ‘An argument for non-reductive representationalism’, American Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 47.

Gray, R (2010) ‘Perception and action: the taste test’, (with Alessandra Tanesini), The Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 60.

Gray, R. (2006) ‘Natural phenomenon terms’, Analysis, vol. 66.

Gray, R. (2005) ‘On the concept of a sense’, Synthese, vol. 147.

Gray, R. (2004) ‘What synaesthesia really tells us about functionalism’, Journal of Consciousness Studies, vol. 11.

Gray, R. (2003)  ‘Tye’s representationalism: Feeling the heat? Philosophical Studies, vol. 115.

Gray, R. (2001) ‘Synaesthesia and misrepresentation: A reply to Wager’, Philosophical Psychology, vol. 14.

Gray, R. (2001)  ‘Cognitive modules, synaesthesia and the constitution of psychological natural kinds’, Philosophical Psychology, vol. 14.

Publications

 

On the Contrast in Contrast Cases. Phenomenal Presence, ed. Fabian Dorsch, Martine Nida-Rumelin, and Fiona Macpherson. Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

Imagination and Embodiment. Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind: Beyond Art Theory and the Cartesian Mind-Body Dichotomy, ed. Alfonsin Scarinzi. Springer, forthcoming.

What do our Experiences of Heat and Cold Represent? Philosophical Studies 2012. DOI: 10.1007/s11098-012-0083-5

Is There a Space of Sensory Modalities? Erkenntnis 2012. DOI: 10.1007/s10670-012-9409-0

On the Nature of the Senses. The Senses: Classical and Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives, ed. Fiona Macpherson. Oxford University Press, 2011.
 
An Argument for Non-Reductive Representationalism. American Philosophical Quarterly, 47 (2010): 365-376.

Perception and Action: The Taste Test (with Alessandra Tanesini). The Philosophical Quarterly 60 (2010): 718-734.

Natural Phenomenon Terms. Analysis 66 (2006): 141-148.
 
On the Concept of a Sense. Synthese 147 (2005): 461-475.

What Synaesthesia Really Tells us about Functionalism. Journal of Consciousness Studies 11 (2004): 64-69.

Tye’s representationalism: Feeling the heat? Philosophical Studies 115 (2003): 245-256.

Synaesthesia and Misrepresentation: a Reply to Wager. Philosophical Psychology 14 (2001): 339-346.
 
Cognitive Modules, Synaesthesia, and the Constitution of Psychological Natural Kinds. Philosophical Psychology 14 (2001): 65-82.

Research

Much time and effort has been expended on philosophical questions related to vision, visual perception and visual experience. The assumption has tended to be that what goes for vision can be straightforwardly applied to the other senses. Much of my work has focused on other senses and sensory processes which have received little attention in the philosophical literature. My PhD thesis, and a number of published papers drawn from it, focused on synaesthesia. I have also written papers on heat perception, which, so I have argued, can shed light on the nature of perceptual experience. In a recent paper co-authored with Alessandra Tanesini  we have looked at the distinctive nature of taste perception in the context of enactive accounts of perception. All of these have been used to motivate a more general account of the senses.

Biography

Richard Gray came to Cardiff in 2004. From 2000-4 he was a lecturer in philosophy at Trinity College Dublin. Prior to that he was at the University of Edinburgh, where he completed his PhD, having previously studied at the University of Cambridge.

Current Undergraduate Teaching

(Second- and Third-Year)

  • SE4358 Philosophy of Language
  • SE4307 Topics in Metaphysics
  • SE4313 Philosophy of Mind
  • SE4360 Contemporary Epistemology

Current Postgraduate Teaching

(MA)

  • Philosophy of Mind Epistemology