Mohan Matthen




Professor and Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Perception



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  • BSc (Physics), University of Delhi
  • MA, University of Delhi
  • PhD, Stanford University
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

For more information visit Prof. Matthen’s personal website.

Research Interests:

Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind



  • Seeing, Doing, and Knowing: A Philosophical Theory of Sense Perception (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2005): xxii + 362 pp. Paperback edition, 2007.

Recent edited books

  • Color Ontology and Color Science (with Jonathan Cohen). A collection of about 12 new papers on colour perception and the nature of colour. MIT Press, 2010.)
  • Philosophy of Biology (with Christopher Stephens). (Amsterdam: Elsevier/North-Holland, 2006).  Volume 3 of the Handbook of the Philosophy of Science.  A collection of 25 original entries, offering a synopsis and discussions of current research in philosophy of biology and its historical background.  Elsevier, 2006, 640 pp.

Recent papers

  • “How To Be Sure: Sensory Exploration and Empirical Certainty,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research forthcoming.
  • “Visual Demonstratives,” in A. Raftopoulos and P. Machamer (eds) Perception, Realism, and the Problem of Reference, forthcoming.
  • “Is Memory Preservation?”, Philosophical Studies 148 (2010): 3-14.
  • “Drift and ‘Statistically Abstractive Explanation’,” Philosophy of Science 76 (2009): 464-487.
  • “Selection and Causation,” (with André Ariew), Philosophy of Science 76 (2009): 201-224.
  • “On the Diversity of Auditory Objects,” Review of Philosophy and Psychology 1 (2010): 63-89.


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