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

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Psychology Press, 1995 - Philosophy - 354 pages
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Thompson provides an accessible review of the current scientific and philosophical discussions of colour vision and is vital reading for all cognitive scientists and philosophers whose interests touch upon this central area.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 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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Contents

THE RECEIVED VIEW
1
RECENT THEORIES
38
NATURALISTIC ONTOLOGIES
107
THE COMPARATIVE ARGUMENT
141
THE ECOLOGICAL VIEW
215
VISUAL EXPERIENCE AND THE ECOLOGICAL
251
Notes
304
References
319
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