Mohan Matthen

Professor Mohan Matthen
Professor
Mohan
Matthen

Professor
Mohan
Matthen

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Biography

Professor Matthen has been Professor of Philosophy and senior Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Perception at the University of Toronto since 2006.  He came to Toronto in 2006, having previously held faculty positions at the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta. Mohan was an undergraduate at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, where he did a degree in Physics, and a graduate student at Stanford University, where he did his Ph.D. in Philosophy.

Mohan's work is mainly in the philosophy of perception, trying to frame the nature of perception in a way that is both receptive to and revelatory about empirical work in the area. In 2005, he published Seeing, Doing, and Knowing: A Philosophical Theory of Sense Perception (Oxford University Press), which treated of perception both as a way we gain abstract knowledge about the world and as a way in which we are able to guide our bodies through it. In 2015, he edited the Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Perception. Since then, he has been active in developing a theory of the perception of material objects in space. He has also been active in the philosophy of art, where he has proposed a new view of aesthetic pleasure that is rich enough to revive the old, but recently much attacked, idea that the value of art lies in the pleasure it gives to a member of the community to which it is addressed. 

Professor Matthen is currently in his first term as a teaching staff member of the Governing Council and Vice-Chair of the UTM Campus Council. 

 

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