Lyu Xingyu, M.A.

Lyu Xingyu, M.A.

University of Mannheim
Theoretical Philosophy / Philosophy of Language
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Postal address: Schloss, 68131 Mannheim
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Dissertation Project

Scientific Observation in Perspective (working title)

The dissertation project aims to develop a perspectivist account of scientific observation. The observational ability of human observers has been profoundly enlarged and enhanced with the aid of sophisticatedly designed apparatus. Whether the observational results gained via the use of apparatus could be treated as the outcome of a simple continuum of human sensory perception or not, determines how we interpret observational results in science. I will respond to this question from a perspectivist viewpoint and will thus argue that there is no simple continuum thereof. The purpose of this dissertation is to develop a perspectivist theoretical framework with the aim of bridging the gap between the apparatus-based observation and human sense-based observation.

Within the project Lyu Xingyu investigates self-ascriptions of visual experiences, especially visual experiences of colours, such as “I see a red door” or “This lamp seems black to me”.