Keith A. Wilson

Teaching Fellow


I’m a Philosopher of Mind and Perception whose research interests include the metaphysics of experience, the individuation of the senses, perceptual appearances and representational content, and the temporal structure of experience.

Prior to become a Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh in 2017, I was a postdoctoral researcher on the AHRC-funded Rethinking the Senses project and postdoctoral investigator on the John Templeton Foundation-funded Synchronising the Senses project at the University of Glasgow (2014–17), and a Lecturer at the University of Sussex (2013–14). For further information and updates, follow me on Twitter,, 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 with Distinction), University of York, 2004

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Research summary

My research concerns the nature of perceptual experience and the senses, focusing in particular 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 recent 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.

Other research interests include the philosophy of psychology and cognitive science, epistemology of perception, the metaphysics and consciousness of time and temporal passage, and the philosophy of Thomas Reid, on whose account of visual perception I have published in The Philosophical Quarterly.

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?’, and have recently completed an annotated bibliography on ‘The Senses’ for Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy.

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 co-designed The Illusions Index, a searchable database of perceptual illusions with philosophical and scientific commentary from the University of Glasgow’s Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience. I am also active on Twitter, where I my account has been ranked among the top 25 for philosophy.

Further details of my public engagement and outreach activities may be found on my website.

Project activity

I was lead applicant and postdoctoral investigator on the Synchronising the Senses project, a pilot study examining the temporal structure of multisensory experience, and am currently writing a paper on this topic as well as applying for further research grant funding in this area.

Past project grants

John Templeton Foundation grant, awarded in October 2016 for ‘Synchronising the Senses’ (June–September 2017) via the University of Cambridge’s New Directions in the Study of the Mind initiative

Wellcome Trust ISSF Public Engagement Bursary for outreach activities at Glasgow Science Festival, University of Glasgow, 2016 (see below)

Scots Philosophical Association Conference Support Grant for a workshop on Perception and Cognition: Top-Down Influences in Perceptual Experience, University of Glasgow, 2015

Analysis Trust, Aristotelian Society, and Mind Association Conference Grants for MindGrad Conference, University of Warwick, 2009

British Library Research Information Network funding to design and develop a wiki-based philosophy website in conjunction with Dr Tom Stoneham, University of York, 2006


‌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 website.

Papers delivered

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

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Popular philosophy

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