My research examines the relationship between neuroscience and the philosophy of mind and perception. My main project in recent years has been on colour vision, developing a theory of colour which acknowledges the complexities of visual function revealed by recent perceptual science. In addition to published articles and chapters, this work appeared as a monograph, Outside Colour, with MIT Press. My latest research is on the topic of explanation in neuroscience, looking in particular at the advantages and limitations of computational perspectives in neuroscience. I also have an ongoing historical interest in neurology and neurophysiology in the late 1800’s.
Selected Courses Taught
- Central Problems in Systems Neuroscience (Grad)
- History of the Neurosciences (Grad)
- Perception (Grad)
- Philosophy of Neuroscience (Undergrad)
- Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence (Undergrad)
Education & Training
- PhD, University of Cambridge, 2004
- BSc, University of Bristol, 2000
Chirimuuta, M. (2018) “Marr, Mayr, and MR: What functionalism should now be about,” Philosophical Psychology, 31(3):403-418
Chirimuuta, M. (2017) “Hughlings Jackson and the ‘Doctrine of Concomitance’: Mind-Brain Theorising Between Metaphysics and the Clinic”. History and Philosophy of The Life Sciences. 39(26).
Chirimuuta, M. (2017) “Précis of Outside Color” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 95(1):215-222
Chirimuuta, M. (2017) “Replies to Gert, Gupta and Matthen”. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 95(1): 244-255
Chirimuuta, M. (2017) “Crash Testing an Engineering Framework in Neuroscience: Does the Idea of Robustness Break Down?” Philosophy of Science 84: 1140–1151
Chirimuuta, M. (2017) “Explanation in Neuroscience: Causal and non-causal.” British Journal of Philosophy of Science. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axw034
Chirimuuta, M. (2016) “Vision, Perspectivism, and Haptic Realism.” Philosophy of Science 83(5):746
Chirimuuta, M. (2016) “Why the ‘stimulus-error’ did not go away.” Studies in History & Philosophy of Science, part A 56:33–42
Chirimuuta, M. (2015) Outside Color: Perceptual Science and the Puzzle of Color in Philosophy. MIT Press.
Chirimuuta, M (2014) Psychophysical Methods and the Evasion of Introspection, Philosophy of Science 81(5):914-926.
Chirimuuta, M. (2014) Minimal Models and Canonical Neural Computations: The Distinctness of Computational Explanation in Neuroscience, Synthese 191:127-153.