Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
We seem to perceive events, like songs playing, thunderstorms, and people having conversations. Extensive empirical research suggests that we indeed perceive events. Yet the philosophy of perception has not addressed event perception much at all. I lay out goals and methods for a fruitful philosophical investigation of event perception, then pursue that investigation. Primarily on the basis of the empirical evidence, I argue that we perceive events across the senses, and that event representations are a unique type of perceptual representation. In doing so, I address concerns about event perception as such, relative to object and property perception. I argue, furthermore, that event representations are sui generis, and that we typically perceptually attribute temporal boundness only to events. I end by noting potential directions for future work on event perception.
Chair and Committee
Rebecca Copenhaver, John Heil, Ron Mallon, Jeff Zacks,
Prychitko, Emily, "Event Perception" (2021). Arts & Sciences Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2453.