Peter W. Ross

Professor
Cal Poly, Pomona
Department of Philosophy
3801 W. Temple Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

email:

pwross 'at' csupomona.edu


Office: Building 1, Room 325
Phone: 909.869.3036
Fax: 909.869.4434

Office hours:
On sabbatical Fall 2014

Research Areas:
     The nature of color and other qualities.
"Fitting Color into the Physical World" Philosophical Psychology, 23, 5 (October 2010): 575-599 (motivates and defends a version of physicalism about color).
"The Appearance and Nature of Color" The Southern Journal of Philosophy, XXXVII, 2 (Summer 1999): 227-252 (a related earlier paper which primarily argues against a claim called Revelation).
"Perceived Colors and Perceived Locations: A Problem for Color Subjectivism" American Philosophical Quarterly, 49, 2 (April 2012): 125-138 (argues that subjectivism about color has no plausible account of color perception).
Primary and Secondary Qualities,” forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception, editor Mohan Matthen, Oxford University Press.
     The distinction amongst the senses and the nature of perceptual states.
"Common Sense about Qualities and Senses" Philosophical Studies, 138, 3 (April 2008): 299-316 (argues that perceptual states have qualitative properties but that qualitative properties need not be characterized as qualia).
"Qualia and the Senses" The Philosophical Quarterly, 51, 205 (October 2001): 495-511 (argues that our intuitive distinctions among perceptual modalities don't require that perceptual states have qualia).
Review of The Senses:  Classic and Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives, edited by Fiona Macpherson, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2011.08.24 (August 2011)
"Color Science and Spectrum Inversion: A Reply to Nida-Rumelin" Consciousness and Cognition, 8, 4 (December 1999): 566-570 (argues against Nida-Rumelin's use of what's called pseudonormal vision to support the existence of actual cases of spectrum inversion). Continuing discussion with Nida-Rumelin in the same issue of Consciousness and Cognition: "Intrinsic Phenomenal Properties in Color Vision Science: A Reply to Peter Ross"; "Color Science and Spectrum Inversion: Further Thoughts"
     The distinction between philosophical and scientific existence problems.
"Existence Problems in Philosophy and Science", Synthese, 190, 18 (December 2013): 4239-4259. Written with Dale Turner (uses inference to the best explanation to draw a distinction between philosophical and scientific existence problems in epistemological terms).
     The problem of free will.
"Empirical Constraints on the Problem of Free Will" in Does Consciousness Cause Behavior? eds. Susan Pockett, William P. Banks, and Shaun Gallagher, MIT Press, 2006, 125-144 (considers how empirical research can provide constraints for the philosophical debate about free will).
     The nature of moral judgment.
"Sensibility Theory and Conservative Complacency" Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 86, 4 (December 2005): 544-555, written with Dale Turner, and "Explaining Motivated Desires" Topoi, 21, 1-2 (2002): 199-207 (these papers focus on the question of whether moral judgments are desires of a particular sort or hybrids of beliefs and desires called besires).

      Curriculum Vitae

Links to Courses Spring 2014:
Phl 390, Predicate Logic
Phl 453, Cognitive Science


Other Courses:
Phl 201, Introduction to Philosophy (Fall 2011)
Phl 218, Logic and Computing (Winter 2014)
Phl 290, Philosophy Proseminar (Winter 2014)
Phl 450, Philosophy of Mind (Fall 2012)
Phl 460, Metaphysics (Fall 2013)
Phl 483 , Philosophy of Science (Winter 2014)
STS 201, Introduction to STS (Fall 2013)
STS 461, STS Capstone Seminar (Fall 2013)
     Regional Philosophy events:
     CSU Fullerton, Annual Philosophy Conference, "Thinking through Animals";
     CSU Long Beach Philosophy homepage with News and Events;
     CSU LA Department of Philosophy Visiting Speakers and Colloquia;
     CSU San Bernardino Lecture Series;
     Caltech Humanities and Social Sciences Seminars;
     Claremont Colleges Philosophy Events;
     UC Irvine Calendar of Events;
     UCLA Colloquia;
     UC Riverside Colloquia;
     USC Events and Colloquia
     Regional STS events:
     Cal Poly Pomona STS-related events;
     Caltech Humanities and Social Sciences Seminars;
     Harvey Mudd College Events;
     UCLA History of Science, Medicine and Technology Colloquia;
     USC Public Lectures
     
See STS website for more information about Science, Technology, and Society at Cal Poly Pomona