Seeing Through Appearances, A Defense of Social Perception

Sage G02, Beirut campus

The Department of Humanities is hosting a talk titled: “Seeing Through Appearances: A Defense of Social Perception” by Assistant Professor of Philosophy Rami El Ali.

A common view in philosophy is that social perception, the perception of others’ mental states, is not possible in the same way perception (of objects, events, and their properties) is. But how exactly is social perception supposed to diverge from perception, and do the divergences establish that we do not perceive others’ mental states in the same way we do other items of the external world? During the talk, El Ali will argue that although social perception differs from perception in (at least) three ways, none of these require rejecting the basic perceptual model.