Peter Epstein [home page]
(A.B., summa cum laude, Harvard University, 2004) Peter’s main research interests are in philosophy of mind, formal epistemology, and philosophy of science. In his dissertation, Sensible Concepts: Experience and the A Priori, he develops an account of spatial perception that situates our experience of space within a broader context of non-sensory cognitive activities. He then uses this analysis of spatial experience to shed light on three issues: the connection between Euclidean proof and our perception of physical objects; the distinction between primary and secondary qualities; and the challenge posed to the veridicality of our spatial experience by the findings of relativistic physics. The final chapter of Peter’s dissertation, titled “Shape Perception in a Relativistic Universe,” is forthcoming in Mind.