About me

I'm a Philosophy PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. My current focus is on science-led philosophy of visual perception, though I'm interested in a wide variety of issues having to do with how humans and other animals perceive, think about, and interact with their environments. I like to think about color and pain, about the connections between intellectual traditions, and about how we should approach metaphysical and epistemological questions relating to cognition and perception.

I'm currently a representative for the Penn chapter of Minorities and Philosophy (MAP-Penn). My research is supported by the Kone Foundation in 2022-2023. 


I specialize in philosophy of psychology and cognitive science, with an emphasis on perception. Much of my dissertation focuses on color, but I also branch out to spatial properties and pain. I investigate the "goals" of perceptual systems, and use those investigations to inform my epistemology and metaphysics. I argue that the function of color vision is to help organisms manifest perceptual competences, and that color experiences are correct when they result from competence-enhancing processing. In a similar vein, I argue that the function of pain is to enhance the manifestation of behavioral competences, and that our pain experiences are right when they are useful. On a more general level, I reject the widely held view that perception is in the business of representing the objective world "as it is."



In my teaching I combine flexibility with a highly structured course design in an effort to reduce the achievement gap and to improve learning outcomes across the board. I set my expectations high, but offer lots of skill-building workshops to provide my students with the tools they need to succeed. I use an assignment and assessment structure designed to provide plenty of opportunities for improvement, and my policies about due dates and attendance are flexible. You can read more about my teaching experience and teaching philosophy by clicking the button below.


Tibetan Language

From 2014 to 2017 I studied Tibetan language at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala, Northern India. In 2019, LTWA published a book of Tibetan Folk Tales that I co-translated with my teacher and friend, Nyima Dekyi. To learn more about Tibetan language, the book, and my reasons for studying Tibetan, click the button below. 



Art and artists have a lot of offer to philosophical discussions of (visual) perception. Though not much of an artist myself, I like to sometimes create images that draw attention to how the world appears to us.

Get in Touch

tiina.rosenqvist [at] gmail.com

trosenq [at] sas.upenn.edu

Cohen Hall Room 452

University of Pennsylvania