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The Semantic Theory of Colour Experience 1

Mohan Matthen

in Seeing, Doing, and Knowing: A Philosophical Theory of Sense Perception

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780199268504
eISBN:
9780191602283
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199268509.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

A standard philosophical approach to defining colour associates it with a ‘colour look‘ in standard circumstances. All extant plausible versions of this theory violate the condition that we should ... More


The Simple Theory of Colour and the Transparency of Sense Experience

Jim Edwards

in Knowing Our Own Minds

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199241408
eISBN:
9780191598692
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199241406.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

An argument is offered that externalism can compromise the first‐person transparency of mental contents. The premises are John McDowell's view that experience is passively structured by concepts, and ... More


Optics and Matter: Newton, Boyle, and Scholastic Mixture Theory

William R. Newman

in Newton the Alchemist

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780691174877
eISBN:
9780691185033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691174877.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter provides a sustained treatment of the self-styled English “naturalist” Robert Boyle, and his contribution to Newton's optical research. It is little appreciated that Boyle's analytical ... More


A Revolution in Representation

Theresa Levitt

in The Shadow of Enlightenment: Optical and Political Transparency in France 1789-1848

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199544707
eISBN:
9780191720178
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544707.003.0002
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter covers two aspects of Arago and Biot's early career: their travels in the Balearic Islands to make meridian measurements, and their education in color theory at the École Polytechnique. ... More


The Pragmatic Physiology of Color Vision: Christine Ladd-Franklin and the “Evolutionary Theory” of Color

Michael Rossi

in The Republic of Color: Science, Perception, and the Making of Modern America

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226651729
eISBN:
9780226651866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226651866.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter looks at psychologist Christine Ladd-Franklin’s “evolutionary” or “development” theory of color perception, which attempted to reconcile two competing theories of color physiology: the ... More


The Disunity of Colour

Mohan Matthen

in Seeing, Doing, and Knowing: A Philosophical Theory of Sense Perception

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780199268504
eISBN:
9780191602283
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199268509.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Colour vision has evolved independently in a variety of species. It is widely assumed that this is a case of convergence, of the same function appearing in separated phylogenetic paths. It is much ... More


Color Experience: A Semantic Theory

Mohan Matthen

in Color Ontology and Color Science

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262013857
eISBN:
9780262312493
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262013857.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter presents a semantic theory of color experience, on which color experience represents or denotes color properties, and attributes these properties to visual objects. Utilizing the concept ... More


Color

Jonathan Schwabish

in Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231175210
eISBN:
9780231542791
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231175210.003.0003
Subject:
Information Science, Communications

The look and feel of your slides will set your audience’s expectations; draw them into your presentation and keep them engaged. To that end, color matters: Use it carefully and strategically to ... More


Painting

Andrew Kahn

in Mandelstam's Worlds: Poetry, Politics, and Identity in a Revolutionary Age

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780198857938
eISBN:
9780191890505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198857938.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, World Literature

This chapter observes that references to the eye and parts of the eye (eyelashes, iris, pupil, sclera, retina, and socket) are pervasive in Mandelstam’s prose and poetry. These references intensify ... More


Form: Harmony and Attunement in Empirical Aesthetics

Benjamin Morgan

in The Outward Mind: Materialist Aesthetics in Victorian Science and Literature

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226442112
eISBN:
9780226457468
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226457468.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter traces the activities of a cohort of Edinburgh physiologists, interior designers, and literary critics who sought to develop scientific models of beauty, first by using classical Greek ... More


Newton and the Mystery of the Major Sixth

Peter Pesic

in Music and the Making of Modern Science

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262027274
eISBN:
9780262324380
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027274.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Though Isaac Newton walked out of the only opera he ever attended, music had a significant place in his work. As an undergraduate, Newton closely studied music in its quadrivial context during the ... More


Early Modern Period

Don S. Lemons

in Drawing Physics: 2,600 Years of Discovery From Thales to Higgs

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780262035903
eISBN:
9780262338745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262035903.003.0003
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

The early modern period (1543-1785) contributed many physical concepts that are simple enough to be conveyed with a diagram. Copernicus’s heliocentric universe (1543), Galileo’s discovery of the ... More


Introduction

Jonathan Cohen and Mohan Matthen

in Color Ontology and Color Science

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262013857
eISBN:
9780262312493
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262013857.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This book is concerned with the philosophical and psychological theories of color, which traditionally hold on to the idea that colors are, by their own nature, ordered in ways that are phenomenally ... More


How Can the Logic of Color Concepts Apply to Afterimage Colors?

Jonathan Westphal

in Color Ontology and Color Science

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262013857
eISBN:
9780262312493
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262013857.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter focuses on the incompatibility of afterimage colors. Several quasilogical, semantic, and metaphysical questions having to do with incompatibility come up in color theory, and the problem ... More


Recurrent color taxonomies

Hentschel Klaus

in Visual Cultures in Science and Technology: A Comparative History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780198717874
eISBN:
9780191787546
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717874.003.0012
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter starts by considering how, until recently, color illustration and reproduction were exorbitantly expensive and therefore relatively rare, with hand-coloring of drawings or printed ... More


Pioneers of visual science cultures

Hentschel Klaus

in Visual Cultures in Science and Technology: A Comparative History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780198717874
eISBN:
9780191787546
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717874.003.0005
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter considers what it is that makes certain individuals become founders of remarkably visual subdisciplines or fields of science, and whether there is anything that these pioneers of visual ... More


More Color Science for Philosophers

C. L. Hardin

in Perception and Its Modalities

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780199832798
eISBN:
9780199381609
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199832798.003.0016
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, General

Recent scientific findings have addressed matters of concern to philosophers interested in color perception and the place of color in the physical world. There has been some progress in understanding ... More


Brown

Stephen R. Wilk

in Sandbows and Black Lights: Reflections on Optics

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
April 2021
ISBN:
9780197518571
eISBN:
9780197518595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197518571.003.0017
Subject:
Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

Purples and pinks and variations of these colors, which are not part of the spectrum, can be made by combining colors from the blue and the red end of the spectrum. All the other colors – blue, ... More


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