Colour Vision: A Study in Cognitive Science and Philosophy of Science

Colour Vision: A Study in Cognitive Science and Philosophy of Science

by Evan Thompson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415077176

ISBN-13: 9780415077170

Pub. Date: 12/12/1994

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

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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 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:
9780415077170
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/12/1994
Series:
Philosophical Issues in Science Series
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Preface
Acknowledgements
1The Received View1
The Newtonian heritage4
Primary and secondary qualities18
The problem-space of the received view25
2Colour Vision: Recent Theories and Results38
Approaches to colour vision38
The phenomenal structure of colour44
Physiology and psychophysics51
Computational colour vision80
Levels of explanation and colour space96
3Naturalistic Ontologies106
Explanation and descriptive vocabularies107
Computational objectivism110
Neurophysiological subjectivism133
Beyond objectivism and subjectivism139
4The Comparative Argument141
Introducing comparative colour vision141
Comparative colour spaces145
The evolution and ecology of colour vision160
The comparative argument177
5The Ecological View215
The ecological level216
Perception and the ecological level220
Where is colour?242
6Visual Experience and the Ecological View251
Sensationalism252
Cognitivism: Dennett's disqualification of qualia286
Visual experience, science, and the ecological view298
Notes304
References319
Index345

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