Maarten Steenhagen is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and part of the New Directions in the Study of the Mind Project. His research is on perception and the mind. In particular, he investigates the role of perceptual media, such as sounds, images and optical technology. His articles have covered the experience of sounds, images and mirror perception. He also writes about philosophical method.
At the Institute of Advanced Studies, Maarten will initiate activities and conduct research on the relation between optics and perception. Current theories of vision rarely consider the study of light or the properties of mirrors, lenses and optical media. This is because people assume that the methods for studying perception are those of psychology. The current project aims to show that optics requires a more central place in the philosophical study of perception.