Mohan  Matthen

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Perception
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PhD (Stanford), MA (Delhi), B. Sc. (Hons) Physics (Delhi); Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada


For more information visit Prof. Matthen’s personal website.


Primary Office

Rm. 285B North Building
University of Toronto at Mississauga

Fax: 905-828-5202


Secondary Office

Department of Philosophy

170 St. George St., Rm. 412

Fax: 416-978-8703

Research Interests:  
Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Biology and Ancient Philosophy



— Seeing, Doing, and Knowing: A Philosophical Theory of Sense Perception (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2005): xxii + 362 pp. Paperback edition, 2007.


Recent edited books

— Color Ontology and Color Science (with Jonathan Cohen). A collection of about 12 new papers on colour perception and the nature of colour. MIT Press, 2010.)

— Philosophy of Biology (with Christopher Stephens). (Amsterdam: Elsevier/North-Holland, 2006).  Volume 3 of the Handbook of the Philosophy of Science.  A collection of 25 original entries, offering a synopsis and discussions of current research in philosophy of biology and its historical background.  Elsevier, 2006, 640 pp.


Recent papers

— “How To Be Sure: Sensory Exploration and Empirical Certainty,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research forthcoming.

— “Visual Demonstratives,” in A. Raftopoulos and P. Machamer (eds) Perception, Realism, and the Problem of Reference, forthcoming.

— “Is Memory Preservation?”, Philosophical Studies 148 (2010): 3-14.

— “Drift and ‘Statistically Abstractive Explanation’,” Philosophy of Science 76 (2009): 464-487.

— “Selection and Causation,” (with André Ariew), Philosophy of Science 76 (2009): 201-224.

— “On the Diversity of Auditory Objects,” Review of Philosophy and Psychology 1 (2010): 63-89.