• Portrait of R. Harrison, 3/4 profile
Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Education

PhD,  Philosophy, University of California, Riverside (2021)

MA, Philosophy, Georgia State University (2013)

BA, Liberal Arts, The New School (2010)

Research 

My main area of research is Phenomenology, in particular Merleau-Ponty’s work on perception. In general, my overarching research project involves arguing that Merleau-Ponty’s accounts of illusion, hallucination, and perspectival variation — phenomena that have historically inspired philosophers to adopt indirect or even skeptical views of perception — actually support a realist interpretation of his theory of perception. I have found that this view also has interesting and perhaps unexpected consequences for contemporary theorists, particularly for feminist standpoint epistemology. I have strong secondary research interests in Feminist Philosophy, and I am eager to bring ideas from the phenomenological tradition to bear on contemporary debates in that subfield.

 

Publications 
  • “Merleau-Ponty and the Perceptual Basis for Standpoint Theory,” forthcoming in Horizons of Phenomenology, part of Springer’s Contributions to Phenomenology series.

 

Presentations 
  • "Merleau-Ponty on Hallucination and Skepticism," American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, April 2021.
  • "Merleau-Ponty on Perspective," Invited Colloquium, University of Redlands, November 2019.
  • "Can a Phenomenologist be a Realist?" American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, April 2019.
  • "Merleau-Ponty on Sexuality and Objectification," The Inhuman Gaze Conference, June 2018.
  • "Merleau-Ponty and the Perceptual Basis for Standpoint Theory," Horizons of Phenomenology, April 2018.
  • "Beyond Spatial Orientation: Merleau-Ponty's Account of Perspective," American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, March 2018.
  • "The Phenomenological Point of View: A Merleau-Pontyan Perspective," Philosophy Days, August 2017.
  • "Merleau-Ponty on Perceptual Error," Invited Colloquium, Loyola Marymount University, November 2015.
  • "The Problem of Perception and Everyday Illusion in Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception," American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, April 2015.
  • "Illusion and World-Responsiveness: Merleau-Ponty's Account of Perceptual Error," University of Copenhagen Summer School in Phenomenology and Philosophy of Mind, August 2014.

 

Course Information 

  • PHI172 Intro Philosophy of Love & Sex
  •  PHI271 Feminist Philosophy