I was born in Bangalore India and went to school at Mayo College, Ajmer. I studied Physics and later Philosophy at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. Then, I went to Stanford University in California, where I got a PhD. I have worked in Canada since 1976: at Calgary, McGill, Alberta, and UBC.
Since 2006, I have been Professor of Philosophy and senior Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Perception at the University of Toronto.
I work mainly on topics related to philosophy of perception—multimodal perception, active perception, and the perceptual representation of space have been my main preoccupations. My main aim is to widen and deepen phenomenological descriptions of perception by imaginative use of scientific findings.
I am working on a book on perception: what it is, how we perceive, and how it contributes to knowledge. At this point, I am not sure how much to put into the book, but the intention is to weave together some of the topics mentioned above.
Recently, I have been thinking about aesthetic pleasure too. My work on pleasure got me involved with a group of speech scientists who were worried about listening fatigue in people who are hard of hearing; my idea is that while fatigue discourages, pleasure encourages communication by speech.
The Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Perception, which I edited, appeared in August 2015. It is a wide-ranging collection of article-sized entries that cover the latest thinking on perception. (Click below for my Introduction, which is an overview of the subject, aimed at a general audience).
Some papers from the last two years
Recent Work on Perception
Recent Work on Pleasure and Art