CFP: Grounding Sensible Qualities

Dates: May 26-27, 2017

Location: University of California, Berkeley


We invite submissions of papers to be considered for presentation at this international conference. Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • What is the metaphysical nature of colors? In what way are colors grounded in the physical and/or the mental? How does a view of the metaphysics of color constrain our account of color perception?
  • Are there Scholastic or Early Modern views that shed light on the nature of color and other secondary qualities?
  • Do scientific findings about the physical and psychological mechanisms underlying color perception force us to revise our pre-theoretical view of color and if so, how?
  • How should we understand the relation between the sensible shapes of ordinary objects and the underlying spatiotemporal structure revealed by contemporary physics?
  • Does experimental work on the structure of “visual space” have important implications for our theories of the metaphysics and experience of shape qualities?
  • Can Early Modern and/or Kantian views of space shed light on the nature of macroscopic shape properties? Can such views be reconciled with more recent work on space in metaphysics and the philosophy of science?

Submission Instructions:

  • CFP Deadline: February 15th 2017.
  • Length: Submitted papers must be suitable for presentation in no more than 30-40 minutes. (approx. 5000 words).
  • Submissions should be emailed to
  • Please submit papers in .doc or .pdf format prepared for anonymous review.
  • Please also include a separate title page including your name, e-mail address, current position, institutional affiliation and title of paper.

Authors will be notified of decisions by March 15, 2017.

The organizers will cover up to three nights of accommodation for speakers. Some travel funding may also be available.

Please do not hesitate to contact the organisers with any queries you may have: Umrao Sethi ( and Peter Epstein (


This conference is part of a larger research project, funded by a grant from the New Directions in the Study of Mind Project at Cambridge University ( For further details, see the full CFP at