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Welcome to the Medical Humanities Network

Welcome to the Glasgow University Medical Humanities Network, supported by the Wellcome Trust. The medical humanities complement, contextualise and critique purely biomedical, technological or other reductive accounts of what it means to experience illness, encounter disease or transact a therapeutic relationship. In addressing how we comprehend health, sickness, disease and “the embodied life”, such concerns are examined from a range of professional and patient perspectives. This website is intended to act as a forum to connect individuals working across a range of disciplines and practices at the University of Glasgow, who are interested in the intersections of medicine, culture, and the arts and humanities. Megan Coyer & Hannah Tweed

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Project: Thought and Sense: On the interface between perception and cognition

Thought and Sense: On the interface between perception and cognition

The distinction between sense perception and cognition is basic to our pre-scientific conception of the mind, and has been of momentous importance in the history of philosophy. Recent developments in philosophy and the cognitive sciences, though, call for re-examination of the difference between sense and thought.

In light of these new developments, a thorough investigation that focuses directly on the boundary between these two central mental capacities is called for. Is there a clear distinction at all? Is there one contrast or many? Is there continuity or discontinuity? If there is an important distinction, how is it to be characterized? In order to understand the boundary between perception and cognition, a novel and systematic approach is needed. We will consider four aspects of the boundary between perception and cognition and their interrelations: temporality, conceptuality, modularity, and immediacy.