New issue of Philosophy Compass out now! Vol. 6, Iss. 4

The latest issue of Philosophy Compass is available on Wiley Online Library

Ethics

Recent Work on the Ethics of Self-Defense (pages 220–233)
Tyler Doggett

History of Philosophy

Ancient Skepticism: Overview (pages 234–245)
Diego E. Machuca
Ancient Skepticism: Pyrrhonism (pages 246–258)
Diego E. Machuca
Ancient Skepticism: The Skeptical Academy (pages 259–266)
Diego Machuca

Mind & Cognitive Science

Phenomenal Concepts (pages 267–281)
Pär Sundström

Philosophy of Religion

Logic and Divine Simplicity (pages 282–294)
Anders Kraal

Teaching & Learning Guide

Teaching & Learning Guide for: Essentialism (pages 295–299)
Sonia Roca-Royes
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Stuff in the Way can Help with Perception

QuasarPerception is a hot topic in philosophy.  Do we directly perceive objects in the world, or only the images of objects on our retinas?  Does the answer change when we see something reflected by a mirror or refracted through a lens?  As anyone who needs glasses knows, sometimes putting something between your eye and an object can help you to see it better.  Surprisingly, sometimes the most useful ‘lens’ is made of solid matter.

Solid matter can help us see distant objects by bending spacetime.Gravity Lens It may sound far-fetched, but physicists routinely rely on this effect to see distant stars and galaxies that would otherwise be Continue reading “Stuff in the Way can Help with Perception”