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Can you imagine a tree that nobody is seeing? Can a painting depict a scene that is logically impossible? Can you imagine a colour that is both reddish and greenish? Philosophers use thought experiments of this kind to establish claims about what is, and what is not, possible.
Tom Stoneham, Peter Lamarque, Keith Allen and Louise Richardson of the University of York’s Department of Philosophy introduce some of these thought experiments and consider their significance for our understanding of ourselves and the world.
Tom Stoneham is Professor of Philosophy at the University of York.Hisresearch interests lie in early modern British philosophy (Herbert to Berkeley), metaphysics, and perceptual consciousness, imagination, and dreaming.
Peter Lamarque is Professor of Philosophy at the University of York. He is interested in relations between philosophy and literature. He is currently developing his interests in poetry and its multiple values, and reflecting on aesthetic issues arising from the conservation and restoration of objects and the values to be found in architectural ruins.
Dr Keith Allen is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of York. His work is primarily on the philosophy of perception (especially colour), early modern philosophy, phenomenology, and the philosophy of philosophy.
Dr Louise Richardson is a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of York. Her research is concerned with questions about perception and the senses, including seeing empty space, smell, taste, touch and bodily awareness.