Keith A. Wilson

Teaching Fellow


I’m a Philosopher of Mind and Perception whose research interests include the nature of perceptual experience and the senses, perceptual representation, and the temporal structure of experience. Prior to become a Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh in 2017, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Glasgow (2014–17), and a Lecturer at the University of Sussex (2013–14).

For further information, follow me on, ResearchGate, or visit my personal website.


  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Warwick, 2013
  • M.Litt. in Philosophy (Distinction), University of St Andrews, 2008
  • B.A. (Hons.) in Philosophy (First Class with Distinction), University of York, 2004

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • Teaching Fellow in Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
  • Postdoctoral Researcher in Philosophy, University of Glasgow

Undergraduate teaching

This year, I am teaching:

Student consultation hours:

  • TBA

Postgraduate teaching

This year, I am teaching:

Past PhD students supervised

Informal supervision of PhD and visiting research students at the University of Glasgow.

Research summary

My research concerns the nature of perceptual experience and the senses, in particular focusing on: (i) perceptual appearances and representational content; (ii) multisensory perception and the senses; (iii) time-consciousness and the temporal structure of experience. All three themes are combined in my current Synchronising the Senses project, funded by the John Templeton Foundation via the University of Cambridge’s New Directions in the Study of the Mind initiative.

For further information, please see my personal website.

Current research interests

In addition to the Synchronising the Senses project, I am currently writing papers on: (i) ‘Is There an Auditory Field?’, (ii) ‘The Two Senses of Smell’, and (iii) ‘Does Property-Perception Entail Representational Content?’, as well as an annotated bibliography on ‘The Senses’ for Oxford Bibliographies Online. Other research interests include the philosophy of psychology and cognitive science, epistemology of perception, the metaphysics and consciousness of time and temporal passage (on which I wrote my M.Litt. dissertation), and the Scottish Enlightenment philosopher Thomas Reid, on whose account of visual perception I have published in The Philosophical Quarterly.

Past research interests

In my Ph.D. thesis, I argued that constraints upon our ability to recognise the contents of our experience rule out many apparently plausible accounts of experiential content and phenomenal character, i.e. what perceptual experience is subjectively like, and I recently co-edited a special issue of the journal Topoi on the subject of Perception Without Representation.

Knowledge exchange

I strongly believe in the importance of increasing public awareness and understanding of philosophy, and am available to comment on a wide range of issues including:

  • Perception and the senses
  • Philosophy of science and the mind (esp. psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, and the nature and experience of time), and
  • The relevance of philosophy and philosophical debate to wider society.

I am active on Twitter, and currently ranked as one of the top 25 Twitter accounts for philosophy with a Klout score of 55 (August 2017).

Details of recent public engagement and outreach activities may be found on my personal website.


‌I have organised many research and outreach events, including international workshops on Top-Down Influences in Perceptual Experience and the Temporal Structure of Multisensory Experience, a research forum for early career philosophers of mind, the Warwick Graduate Conference in the Philosophy of Mind (MindGrad), and public engagement events at the Glasgow Science Festival and elsewhere.


For a full list of conferences and workshops attended, please see my personal website.

Papers delivered

Details of invited talks and papers may be found on my website.

Articles and book chapters

Edited volumes

Popular philosophy

Book reviews

In preparation