Monday, October 15, 2012

Philosophy Talk Radio: Hom on Forbidden Words

If you're interested in hearing about my current research project, I was a guest on the Philosophy Talk radio show with John Perry and Ken Taylor this summer. The recorded episode will air in the San Francisco Bay Area this Sunday at 10 am PDT on KALW 91.7 FM (re-broadcast Tuesday at 12 noon). You can stream it live at www.kalw.org/listen-live. It will also be available to stream on-demand at philosophytalk.org for one week beginning Friday, Oct 26.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Thoughts from retirement

I retired in 2003 because I had a project that I wanted to work on and being a teacher at TT was taking too much time. The project is to work out a projectivist account of color. Color projectivism is the view that objects are not colored, although they look colored. Two ideas make me think that projectivism is the right way to go. First: when we see an object as red - the object looks red - we visually attribute to the object as sensuous non-relational property. Call this property s-red. Similarly there is s-green, s-blue, and so forth. Second: if the world we see about us is anything like physics says that it is then the objects we see about us are not s-colored. So I conclude that it must be that our visual system projects s-colors onto objects.


Since 2003 I have written five essays (I am a very slow writer), three of which are about projectivism. "Toward a Projectivist Account of Color" appeared in JP in May of 2005. "The phenomenological character of color perception" was published on line by Philosophical Studies,in September of 2010, and will eventually come out in their journal. I have just finished a third article that is now under review.

I thought I would use this blog to consider some issues that have arisen with these works. Perhaps a blog on perceptual consciousness and another on perceptual representation.

Ed Averill

Friday, March 11, 2011

Philosophy of Literature: Philosopher ranks as 16th best career

Philosophy of Literature: Philosopher ranks as 16th best career: "Something to consider as you are in college! http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/2011-ranking-200-jobs-best-worst?page=1 It is not all rose..."

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Lepore on Context

The Philosophy Department at Texas Tech University is pleased to announce the first installment in our Fall 2010 Speaker Series:

“Switching Contexts, Sharing Contents”
Prof. Ernest Lepore (Rutgers Philosophy, Acting Director of the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science)
Thursday, October 21, 7:30 PM
English/Philosophy 106

This talk is supported in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

We hope that you can join us. The schedule for our speaker series can also be found online at:

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Nathan on Beauty

The Philosophy Department at Texas Tech University is pleased to announce the final installment in our Spring 2010 Speaker Series:

"Making the Subject Objective: Toward a Naturalist Theory of Beauty"
Prof. Daniel Nathan (Texas Tech University)
Thursday, April 29, 7:30 PM
English/Philosophy 106

We hope that you can join us. The schedule for our speaker series can also be found online at: