In the lead up to our upcoming conference, we thought it would be fun to read some relevant papers by our keynote speakers. First up is a paper by Gary Hatfield, written in collaboration with psychologist William Epstein:
Epstein, William and Gary Hatfield (1994) “Gestalt Psychology and the Philosophy of Mind,” Philosophical Psychology 7(2): 163–181.
Epstein and Hatfield examine the tension between the gestalt psychologists’ apparent physiological reductionism and their explicit realism about phenomenal qualities. They also shed light on some of the puzzling comments we saw in previous readings from Köhler and Koffka about the place of value and meaning in the natural world.
As always, please contact one of the organizers if you have trouble accessing the reading.