SENSORY PERCEPTION IN ADVANCED PROSTHETICS: THE PHILOSOPHY OF PROPRIOCEPTION

Cody Harris – Research on Capitol Hill 2021

(Mentor: Dustin Stokes)

Two modern tech examples, the “Luke” arm and the virtual hand, are used to critically analyze neuroscience, psychological and philosophical conceptions of the sense proprioception. The virtual hand and the “Luke” arm both create conditions of proprioceptive feedback, one enabled through direct nerve stimulation and the other enabled through a combination of direct nerve stimulation and visual-motor feedback. I discuss what is innovative about these new technologies, then I review the different fields of view on proprioception and the philosophy of sense perception. Finally, I construct a working philosophical characterization of proprioception and analyze this characterization against the tech examples.

House Representative: Kelly B. Miles