John Kulvicki

Associate Professor of Philosophy

There are two major strands in my research. The first focuses on perception. How do perceptual states represent and thus make us aware of the environment? How do colors and other so-called 'secondary' qualities differ from shapes and other primary qualities? How should we explain the conscious aspects of perception, or what it is like to see red things, smell roses, and taste wine? The second focuses on the nature of pictorial representation. What makes pictures different from other kinds of representations like diagrams and descriptions? What makes some pictures more realistic than others? How do we use pictures and other kinds of representations as aids to learning about the world around us?

308 Thornton Hall
HB 6036
A.B. Princeton University
Ph.D. University of Chicago

Selected Publications

Images. London: Routledge, 2014.

Information theory. Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception, Mohan Matthen, ed. Oxford University Press, 2013 online, 2014 print.

Beholders shares and the language of art. Meditations on a Heritage, Paul Taylor, ed. London: Paul Holberton Publishing, 2014: 127-138.

 Pictorial representation. Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics M. Kelly, ed. London: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2014.

Knowing with images: medium and message. Philosophy of Science 77(2) 2010: 295-313.

On Images: Their Structure and Content. Oxford:Clarendon Press, 2006.