Simo Oinas


MA, Doctoral researcher
simo.a.oinas at jyu.fi

Project Description:
My research concerns perception as an interface between the world and the mind and, in particular, as an interface between the conceptual and the nonconceptual. The focus of my work is on the nature of perceptual concepts which, according to conceptualist views, are the constituents of the representational contents of perceptual experiences. The nature of perceptual concepts and conceptuality is a significant issue not only for philosophy of perception but also for epistemology, philosophy of language and philosophy of mind. By examining the use and acquisition of perceptual concepts in perception, I argue for an associative account of perceptual concepts. I argue that association as a basis for perceptual concepts provides new perspectives on the question of conceptuality of perceptual contents and on how perceptual receptivity and cognition are intertwined in perceptual experience.

Recent Publications:

  • Perceptual Contents: A Study on the Nature of the Contents of Perceptual Experience. 2013. University of Jyväskylä. URL: http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:jyu-201306242037

Upcoming conference talks:

  • ‘Ympäristöominaisuuksien havaitseminen ja käsitteellisen ja ei-käsitteellisen raja-aidat havainnossa’ (‘Perceiving background properties and the boundary of conceptual and nonconceptual in perception’). in Havainto (Perception). Forthcoming in 2018. Philosophical Society of Finland.