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Maarten Steenhagen

Research Fellow in Philosophy

Uppsala University

Biography

Maarten Steenhagen is a researcher in the Department of Philosophy at Uppsala University. Prior to coming to Uppsala he worked as a lecturer at the University of Cambridge and was a Bye-Fellow of Queens’ College.

His current research focuses on perception and aesthetics. In particular, he concentrates on the metaphysics and normativity of appearances. He also writes about the role of perceptual media in experience—such as sounds, images, and optical technology. His articles and papers cover the experience of sounds, images, and mirror perception, as well as evaluations of the different theories of perception.

In addition to his work on perception, Steenhagen is interested in the history of 20th century philosophy, in particular the controversies about philosophical method and the presuppositions and value of analysis in philosophy.

Interests

  • Aesthetics
  • Philosophy of Perception
  • History of Analytic Philosophy

Education

  • PhD in Philosophy, 2015

    University College London

  • MPhil Stud. in Philosophy, 2012

    University College London

Recent Publications

Must naive realists be relationalists?

Argues that naive realism about perception can be upheld without a commitment to relationalism

False Reflections

Argues that the conviction that mirrors are optical illusions is rooted in a confusion

Against Adversarial Discussion

Explains how to reject an adversarial style of doing philosophy on methodological grounds

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Reflection and Refraction
Philosophy in the Mirror
Mere Appearances