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  1. Paul Coates (forthcoming). The Multiple Contents of Experience: Representation and the Awareness of Phenomenal Qualities. Philosophical Topics.
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  2. Paul Coates & Sam Coleman (eds.) (forthcoming). Phenomenal Qualities. OUP.
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  3. Paul Coates (2013). Chess, Imagination, and Perceptual Understanding. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 73:211-242.
    Chess is sometimes referred to as a ‘mind-sport’. Yet, in obvious ways, chess is very unlike physical sports such as tennis and soccer; it doesn't require the levels of fitness and athleticism necessary for such sports. Nor does it involve the sensory-governed, skilled behaviour required in activities such as juggling or snooker. Nevertheless, I suggest, chess is closer than it may at first seem to some of these sporting activities. In particular, there are interesting connections between the way that we (...)
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  4. Paul Coates (2013). 17 Hallucinations and the Transparency of Perception. In Fiona Macpherson & Dimitris Platchias (eds.), Hallucination. Mit Press. 381.
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  5. Paul Coates (2009). Perceptual Experience – Tamar Gendler and John Hawthorne. Philosophical Quarterly 59 (234):173-176.
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  6. Paul Coates (2009). Perception, Imagination and Demonstrative Reference : A Sellarsian Account. In Willem A. DeVries (ed.), Empiricism, Perceptual Knowledge, Normativity, and Realism: Essays on Wilfrid Sellars. Oxford University Press.
  7. Paul Coates (2009). The Multiple Contents of Experience. Philosophical Topics 37 (1):25-47.
    This paper examines the contents of perceptual experience, and focuses in particular on the relation between the representational aspects of an experience and its phenomenal character. It is argued that the Critical Realist two-component analysis of experience, advocated by Wilfrid Sellars, is preferable to the Intentionalist view. Experiences have different kinds of representational contents: both informational and intentional. An understanding of the essential navigational role of perception provides a principled way of explaining the nature of such representational contents. Experiences also (...)
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  8. Paul Coates (2009). The Metaphysics of Perception: Wilfrid Sellars, Perceptual Consciousness and Critical Realism. Routledge.
    This book is an important study in the philosophy of the mind; drawing on the work of philosopher Wilfrid Sellars and the theory of critical realism to develop a novel argument for understanding perception and metaphysics.
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  9. Willem A. deVries & Paul Coates (2009). Brandom's Two-Ply Error. In Willem A. DeVries (ed.), Empiricism, Perceptual Knowledge, Normativity, and Realism: Essays on Wilfrid Sellars. Oxford University Press.
    Robert Brandom makes several mistakes in his discussion of Sellars's "Two-Ply" account of observation. Brandom does not recognize the difference in "level" between observation reports concerning physical objects and 'looks'-statements. He also denies that 'looks'-statements are reports or even make claims. They then demonstrate a more correct reading of Sellars on 'looks'-statements.
     
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  10. Paul Coates (2007). Experience, Action and Representations: Critical Realism and the Enactive Theory of Vision. [REVIEW] Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 6 (4):445-462.
    This paper defends a dynamic model of the way in which perception is integrated with action, a model I refer to as ‘the navigational account’. According to this account, employing vision and other forms of distance perception, a creature acquires information about its surroundings via the senses, information that enables it to select and navigate routes through its environment, so as to attain objects that satisfy its needs. This form of perceptually guided activity should be distinguished from other kinds of (...)
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  11. Paul Coates, Sense-Data. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    Experiences of all kinds have a distinctive character, which marks them out as intrinsically different from states of consciousness such as thinking. A plausible view is that the difference should be accounted for by the fact that, in having an experience, the subject is somehow immediately aware of a range of phenomenal qualities. For example, in seeing, grasping and tasting an apple, the subject may be aware of a red and green spherical shape, a certain feeling of smoothness to touch, (...)
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  12. Paul Coates (2007). The Metaphysics of Perception: Wilfrid Sellars, Critical Realism, and the Nature of Experience. Routledge.
  13. Paul Coates, Sense-Data. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  14. Paul Coates (2004). Wilfrid Sellars, Perceptual Consciousness, and Theory of Attention. Essays in Philosophy 5 (1):1-25.
    The problem of the richness of visual experience is that of finding principled grounds for claims about how much of the world a person actually sees at any given moment. It is argued that there are suggestive parallels between the two-component analysis of experience defended by Wilfrid Sellars, and certain recently advanced information processing accounts of visual perception. Sellars' later account of experience is examined in detail, and it is argued that there are good reasons in support of the claim (...)
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  15. Paul Coates (2003). Review of Is the Visual World a Grand Illusion?. [REVIEW] Human Nature Review 3:176-182.
    A cluster of experiments on “Change Blindness”, “Inattentional Blindness” and associated phenomena appear to demonstrate extremely counter intuitive results. According to one plausible characterisation, these results show that we consciously take in far less of the visual world than it seems we are aware of. It is worth briefly summarising the results of two recent sets of experiments, in order to give a flavour of this work. In ‘Gorillas in our Midst’ (Simons, D. and Chabris, C., Perception, 1999, 28), subjects (...)
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  16. Paul Coates (2000). Deviant Causal Chains and Hallucinations: A Problem for the Anti-Causalist. Philosophical Quarterly 50 (200):320-331.
    The subjective character of a given experience leaves open the question of its precise status. If it looks to a subject K as if there is an object of a kind F in front of him, the experience he is having could be veridical, or hallucinatory. Advocates of the Causal Theory of perception (whom I shall call.
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  17. Paul Coates (1998). Perception and Metaphysical Skepticism. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 72 (72):1-28.
    Much recent discussion about the nature of perception has focused on the dispute between the Causal Theory of Perception and the rival Disjunctive View. There are different versions of the Causal Theory (the abbreviation I shall use), but the point upon which they agree is that perception involves a conscious experience which is logically distinct from the particular physical object perceived. 1 On the opposed Disjunctive View, the perceptual experience is held to be inseparable from the object perceived; what is (...)
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  18. Paul Coates (1998). The Inaugural Address: Perception and Metaphysical Scepticism. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 72 (1):1–28.
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  19. Paul Coates (1997). Meaning, Mistake, and Miscalculation. Minds and Machines 7 (2):171-97.
    The issue of what distinguishes systems which have original intentionalityfrom those which do not has been brought into sharp focus by Saul Kripke inhis discussion of the sceptical paradox he attributes to Wittgenstein.In this paper I defend a sophisticated version of the dispositionalistaccount of meaning against the principal objection raised by Kripke in hisattack on dispositional views. I argue that the objection put by the sceptic,to the effect that the dispositionalist cannot give a satisfactory account ofnormativity and mistake, in fact (...)
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  20. Paul Coates (1996). Current Issues in Idealism. Bristol: Thoemmes.
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  21. Paul Coates (1996). Idealism and Theories of Perception. In Current Issues in Idealism. Bristol: Thoemmes.
     
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  22. Paul Coates (1996). Pyrrhonian Reflections on Knowledge and Justification. Philosophical Books 37 (3):188-190.
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  23. Paul Coates (1995). Kripke's Skeptical Paradox: Normativeness and Meaning. Mind 1986 (January):77-80.
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  24. Paul Coates (1994). Film at the Intersection of High and Mass Culture. Cambridge University Press.
    At the Intersection of High and Mass Culture analyses the contradictions and interaction between high and low art, with particular reference to Hollywood and European cinema. Written in the essayist, speculative tradition of Walter Benjamin and Theodore Adorno, this study also includes analyses of several key films of the 1980s. Tracing the boundaries of such genres as film noir, science fiction and melodrama, it demonstrates how these genres were radically expanded by such filmmakers as Neil Jordan, Chris Merker and Georges (...)
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  25. Paul Coates (1994). Mental Causation. Philosophical Books 35 (3):195-196.
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  26. Paul Coates (1993). Film and Phenomenology: Toward a Realist Theory of Cinematic Representation. History of European Ideas 17 (1):113-114.
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  27. Paul Coates (1992). The Metaphysics of Meaning. Philosophical Books 33 (3):161-163.
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  28. Paul Coates (1992). Tractarian Semantics: Finding Sense in Wittgenstein's Tractatus. Philosophical Books 31 (4):211-213.
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  29. Paul Coates (1987). For Truth in Semantics. Philosophical Books 28 (3):163-165.
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  30. Paul Coates (1987). Swinburne on Thought and Consciousness. Philosophical Studies 52 (September):227-238.
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  31. Paul Coates (1986). Kripke's Sceptical Paradox: Normativeness and Meaning. Mind 95 (377):77-80.
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