Department of Philosophy
Wenham, MA 01984
B.A. University of Washington
M.Litt. University of St. Andrews (Scotland)
Ph.D. University of Southern California
Brian studied philosophy at the University of Southern California (Ph.D.' 07), the University of St. Andrews (M.Litt. '00), and the University of Washington (B.A. '99). He works primarily at the intersection of the psychology of perception and philosophy of mind. In particular, Brian is concerned with how we perceive shape by sight and touch. For instance, he thinks a lot about the following question: whether a blind subject who can recognize various shapes by touch would immediately recognize those shapes by sight alone if their sight were restored. He has done some related experiments on his children: Ivan (10), Levi (8), Axel (6), and Vera (4) while his wife Lisa looks on, eyes rolled. As a hobby Brian harvests animal eyes from deceased animals and removes their optic nerve and retina, inserting them into an empty camera housing in the attempt to create an image from the eye on film. He thinks an assemblage of such photos would make a wonderful coffee table book.