Colour Vision

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Colour fascinates all of us, and scientists and philosophers have sought to understand the true nature of colour vision for many years. In recent times, investigations into colour vision have been one of the main success stories of cognitive science, for each discipline within the field - neuroscience, psychology, linguistics, computer science and artificial intelligence, and philosophy - has contributed significantly to our understanding of colour. Evan Thompson's book is a major contribution to this ...

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Overview

Colour fascinates all of us, and scientists and philosophers have sought to understand the true nature of colour vision for many years. In recent times, investigations into colour vision have been one of the main success stories of cognitive science, for each discipline within the field - neuroscience, psychology, linguistics, computer science and artificial intelligence, and philosophy - has contributed significantly to our understanding of colour. Evan Thompson's book is a major contribution to this interdisciplinary project. Colour Vision provides an accessible review of the current scientific and philosophical discussions of colour vision. Thompson steers a course between the subjective and objective positions on colour, arguing for a relational account. This account develops a novel 'ecological' approach to colour vision in cognitive science and the philosophy of perception. It is vital reading for all cognitive scientists and philosophers whose interests touch upon this central area.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415117968
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/16/1995
  • Series: Philosophical Issues in Science Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Preface
Acknowledgements
1 The Received View 1
The Newtonian heritage 4
Primary and secondary qualities 18
The problem-space of the received view 25
2 Colour Vision: Recent Theories and Results 38
Approaches to colour vision 38
The phenomenal structure of colour 44
Physiology and psychophysics 51
Computational colour vision 80
Levels of explanation and colour space 96
3 Naturalistic Ontologies 106
Explanation and descriptive vocabularies 107
Computational objectivism 110
Neurophysiological subjectivism 133
Beyond objectivism and subjectivism 139
4 The Comparative Argument 141
Introducing comparative colour vision 141
Comparative colour spaces 145
The evolution and ecology of colour vision 160
The comparative argument 177
5 The Ecological View 215
The ecological level 216
Perception and the ecological level 220
Where is colour? 242
6 Visual Experience and the Ecological View 251
Sensationalism 252
Cognitivism: Dennett's disqualification of qualia 286
Visual experience, science, and the ecological view 298
Notes 304
References 319
Index 345
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