Iwan Williams conducts research in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science. His PhD focuses on the ‘format’ of cognitive representations and aims to demonstrate that distinctions in representational format prove exceptionally useful tools in carving up the conscious and unconscious mind.
Much of Iwan’s research bears upon perennial questions in philosophy of mind: How do cognitive representations come to have the contents that they do? How ought we to distinguish perception from cognition? What is the metaphysical relation between representational vehicles and representational contents? In addition, he tackles questions in the philosophy of science, arguing that the needs of different cognitive-scientific disciplines may call for subtly different notions of representational format.
Outside of this PhD work, Iwan is currently collaborating on a project investigating the nature and perception of beat and metre in music.